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Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Jan;58(1):56-60. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.105312.

Psychological interventions in dermatology.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.


The objective of this paper is to introduce and emphasize the importance of psychological interventions for those with dermatological conditions. In keeping with the current literature, the author envisages a two-tier approach in the provision of such psychological interventions. Firstly, most patients with dermatology conditions may not require psychological change. Instead, they could be approached with effective doctor-patient communication skills, within a context of empathy and positive regard. At the second tier, however, based on the clinical interview, some patients may require varying degrees of psychological change in order to better manage their illness. In such a context, a dermatologist with training in psychotherapy would be required. In the absence of such a person, the patient may be referred to a psychologist or another mental health professional trained in psychotherapy.


Dermatology; cognitive; habit reversal; psychological interventions; psychotherapy

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