Contrasting between Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis in the Quality of Life Impact and the Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders A Review

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Mimi Chung
Marwa Hakimi
Samuel Yeroushalmi
Erin Bartholomew
John Koo


inflammatory skin disease, psychodermatology, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, mental health


As chronic inflammatory skin conditions, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis have both been associated with significant psychosocial comorbidities. However, the similarities and differences between the two in the manifestation of psychologic/psychiatric sequalae have not been reviewed. We reviewed the current literature comparing these two skin conditions and determined that there are potentially notable differences in psychiatric impact between psoriasis and atopic dermatitis patients. For example, patients with atopic dermatitis appears to have more issues with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder while psoriasis is associated more with suicidal acts. We propose that these may stem from the different ages of onset, which subsequently influences how the psychological impact manifests within the individual.


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