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The psychology of psoriasis

All skin problems have the potential to cause concern and distress, ranging from mild self-consciousness and sensitivity to the curiosity of others, through in some cases to acute anxiety and deep depression. A disorder like psoriasis can have a potentially profound impact on individual behaviour and interaction, leading in severe instances to social withdrawal. Even among the majority of those with skin problems who have never had to face direct rejection or explicit discrimination, self-doubt and a sense of risk and anticipated threat may come to blight their lives.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 14(1): 10–11
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