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May 8, 2019

Exploring Mental Disorders in Patients With Skin Diseases

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 2Associate Editor, JAMA Dermatology
JAMA Dermatol. 2019;155(6):660-661. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.0139

As dermatologists, we have long observed an association between skin diseases and mental disorders. Although some patients develop mental disorders as a result of having skin diseases, others have mental disorders that manifest themselves in skin diseases. With the availability of large population databases, we now have a greater understanding of the type and severity of mental disorders among patients. As clinicians, it is important to determine the effect skin diseases have on mental health, explore mechanistic rationales, and screen for mental disorders among high-risk patients.