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The psychological implications of dermatological conditions

The link between dermatological conditions and psychological problems has long been prominent in the literature. Several theories postulate psychophysiological mechanisms underlying various dermatological disorders. Indeed, skin and psyche share not only their embryonic origin but also they are also closely intertwined from a social, emotional and psychological perspective. Unlike other medical conditions, skin disorders are rarely life-threatening or physically handicapping. However, they are often visible to others. Consequently, they bring with them a variety of life changes and challenges.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 14(2): 15–17
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