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    Psychological problems impact skin disease


     

     

    Ignoring the elephant in the room — the psychological aspects of skin disease — can prevent traditional treatments from working optimally or at all, according to  Caroline S. Koblenzer, M.D., a trained psychoanalyst and retired clinical professor of dermatology, University of Pennsylvania.

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    Dr. Koblenzer says it became clear to her soon after she started dermatology practice in 1966 that dermatology wasn’t answering the needs of many patients with skin conditions.

    "If you have patients with eczema who are not getting better, when medically speaking they should be getting better, one begins to ask questions,” Dr. Koblenzer says.

    Those questions, according to the dermatologist, attempt to uncover the ways in which psychological problems may be impacting the skin, or vice versa.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is president of Words Come Alive, based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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