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Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Jun;32(2):64-7.

Psychodermatology: an overview.

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  • 1Psoriasis Skin Treatment Center, University of California, San Francisco, 515 Spruce St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA.


Psychodermatology is an interface between dermatology and psychiatry. The different disorders within psychodermatology can be categorized in 2 ways: by the type of psychodermatologic disorder or by the underlying psychiatric disorder. The types of psychodermatologic disorders include psychophysiological, primary psychiatric, secondary psychiatric, and cutaneous sensory disorder. The psychiatric disorders include anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. This manuscript gives an overview of the different psychodermatologic disorders, underlying psychiatric disorders, and how to manage psychodermatology cases.

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