It is believed by
many that psychological conditions, such as depression and stress, are linked
to various health problems but, only now it has been scientifically studied and
dermatology" by experts, this branch of science could well be on the way to
pave a new path in the treatment of skin diseases. Cognitive behavior therapy,
relaxation sessions and meditation were some of the psychotherapic techniques
that were effective in treating those with psoriasis, eczema, acne and
Deborah Mason of the
British Association of Dermatologists says that it has been long known that
addressing a person's psychological problem can provide solace to the emotional
impact of their skin ailments. But it is for the first time that it has been
scientifically confirmed that the physical symptoms can be relieved through
The results of 22
studies, involving more than 900 participants were analyzed by researchers.
They found that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which works by changing the
negative thought patterns of the person, had a big impact and helped to
alleviate the symptoms. They observed that that psychological therapies that
were aimed at eliminating bad habits were the most effective. It particularly
enabled patients to deal with the itching and scratching, which are
characteristic features of skin diseases.
They found that the
younger the patient, the more effective the psychological intervention was in
treating the condition. There was a need to tailor the treatments while
treating older patients.
carried out by the psychologists also discovered that group therapy was almost
as effective as one-to-one treatment and that regular therapy must be followed
up by booster sessions to maintain the early improvements in alleviating the
The present study was published in the British
Journal of Dermatology.