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Dermatological Problems

The extremely specialized area of Psychodermatology helps patients with chronic skin problems to deal with anxiety and the social stigma that comes with the disease, and it intervenes directly over the stress that creates or aggravates symptomatology

The Central Nervous System (CNS) and the skin embryologically derive from the ectoderm. This ascertainment can be at the basis of the association between stress and the etiology of dermatosis exacerbation, i.e., the skin and brain can influence each other. Besides, approximately 30-40% of the patients that seek treatment for skin diseases present an underlying psychological problem, which can cause and/or exacerbate skin complaints. 

The extremely specialized area of Psychodermatology at Oficina de Psicologia helps patients with chronic skin problems to deal with anxiety and the social stigma that comes with the disease, and it intervenes directly over the stress that creates or aggravates symptomatology.

Intervention

The purpose of treating psychodermatological diseases includes reduction of active dermatological symptomatology and related response behaviours, improvement of sleep patterns and management of psychological symptomatology, such as anxiety, anger, shame and social withdrawal.

Interventions used

Hypnosis, relaxation training, biofeedback, meditation, assertiveness training, stress management, guided imagination, emotional regulation and psychological education. 

Main approached conditions
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Urticaria
  • Trichotillomania
  • Warts
  • Vitiligo

If you would like to learn more information about Psychodermatology treatments in Portugal, contact us through email, by calling +351 220 973 751, +351 211 379 718, +351 911 046 197, or by filling out our form. You can also contact us through our free call service to your right.

Objectives

Promote the awareness of psychophysiological mechanisms underlying skin diseases; support them in the process of cognitive and emotional restructuring by providing patients with strategies and tools which will enable them to adopt attitudes and preventive behaviours towards psychological stress and consequent skin disease, thus promoting higher levels of physical and mental health, with an inherent improvement of well-being and quality of life.

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