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Co-morbidity of depression in patients with psoriasis

There is an increasing understanding that psychological factors may play a significant role in dermatological conditions. Evidence suggests that about 25%–40% of individuals attending dermatology clinics report psychological distress of a sufficient level to be classified as a psychiatric disorder. Recent studies suggest that, if treatment fails to improve skin conditions, this is associated with an increased incidence of psychological distress. In the case of psoriasis, empirical studies suggest that patients may potentially experience significant levels of psychological and social morbidity.
Dermatology in practice 2008; 16(4): 4–7
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