Management of psychocutaneous disorders: A practical approach for dermatologists
Psychodermatology is a growing specialty which is gaining momentum in different parts of the world. It focuses on the connection between skin and psyche. Psychocutaneous conditions are characterized by those disorders where stress is the key element in exacerbating skin conditions or flare ups of dermatoses like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. There is a direct relationship of stress with the course, and prognosis of the skin disease. In some situations, there is no skin condition but the lesions are self‐inflicted and such disorders are always associated with underlying psychopathology or psychological conflicts. Sometimes emotional problems are more prominent as a result of having skin disease, and the psychological consequences may be more severe than the physical symptoms. Management of these conditions require a combination of psychpharmacology, psychotherapy, and liaison clinics of psychiatry and dermatology. This review focuses on the common management approach which can be adopted by dermatologists in treating patients with psychodermatological disorders, improving doctor‐patient relationship and therapeutic bond.