Mental Health and Quality of Life of Eczema, Psoriasis and Acne Patients

Author: Beenish Shamas

Supervisor: Ms. Mujeeba Ashraf

Degree: BS

Year: 2005-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The study was conducted to evaluate the psychiatric co-morbidity in patients with eczema, psoriasis and acne and effects of skin diseases on quality of life of these patients. Sample of 150 patients (including50 eczema, 50 psoriasis and 50 acne) was taken. Diagnostic Questionnaire for Mental Health and Dermatology Life Quality Index DLQI was administered. Psychiatric co-morbidity was present in every group of skin diseases i.e. eczema, psoriasis and acne. The most common psychiatric co- morbidity was Major Depression in all 3 groups. Co morbidity ofsomatoform disorder, hypochondriasis, conversion disorder, pain disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, schizophrenia and adjustment disorder were present. Most eczema and acne patients had very large effect and most psoriasis patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Dysthymia, Mania, had moderate effect on their quality of life. Most eczema patient’s rate of co-morbidity of psychological disorders was higher than psoriasis and acne patients although psoriasis and acne patients also had significant psychiatric co morbidity. It was also concluded that male patients had more psychiatric co-morbidity than female  patients. 

Keywords: Mental Health, Quality of Life, Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Somatoform Disorder, Hyphochondriasis, Conversion Disorder, Pain Disorder, Body Dysmorphic, Schizophrenia Adjustment Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

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