Management of Psychodermatologic Disorders

Philip D. Shenefelt, MD, MS


Dermatology Nursing 

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Psychodermatologic disorders are seen in dermatologic practice due to the link between the skin and the nervous system. Various treatments are available including pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic, and behavioral interventions. Psychotropic drugs are often somewhat effective by themselves, but adding non-drug psychocutaneous treatments such as biofeedback, cognitive-behavioral methods, hypnosis, meditation, placebo effect, suggestion, or yoga often enhances the effectiveness of treatment. A multidimensional and when necessary multidisciplinary approach to these complex problems often optimizes treatment response.


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