The psychological sequelae of psoriasis: results of a qualitative study.

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dc.contributor.author Magin, P
dc.contributor.author Adams, J
dc.contributor.author Heading, G
dc.contributor.author Pond, D
dc.contributor.author Smith, W
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T10:58:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.identifier.citation Psychology, health & medicine, 2009, 14 (2), pp. 150 - 161
dc.identifier.issn 1354-8506
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15505
dc.description.abstract Psoriasis is a common condition with recognised psychological comorbidity in specialist practice. The objective of this study was to investigate the psychological comorbidities in psoriasis in patients from general (family) practices and specialist dermatology practices, using a qualitative methodology. This was a qualitative study, utilising semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis. Twenty-nine patients with psoriasis were recruited from general practices and specialist dermatology practices in an Australian non-capital city. Respondents represented a broad range of ages and psoriasis severities. The principle study finding was that psychological morbidity in psoriasis is considerable. Though mood and anxiety symptoms were present in participants, and were occasionally severe, more prominent sequelae of psoriasis were embarrassment, shame, impaired self-image, low self-esteem, self-consciousness and stigmatisation. Psoriasis was associated with behavioural avoidance and effects on respondents' sexuality. The perception of psoriasis as an incurable disease beyond respondents' control, with consequent pessimism regarding prognosis and treatment efficacy, was a contributor to psychological morbidity. Some respondents reported psoriasis having permanently and adversely affected their personality - avoidant personality traits were ascribed to the experience of living with psoriasis. Our conclusion is that the psychological effects of psoriasis can be considerable and long-lasting and are evident across a broad range of psoriasis severities. Clinicians should be aware that psychological sequelae are complex and encompass a range of psychological morbidities beyond conventional psychiatric diagnoses.
dc.format Print
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/13548500802512294
dc.subject Humans, Psoriasis, Anxiety, Self Concept, Depression, Adult, Aged, Interviews as Topic, Middle Aged, Female, Male, Adult, Aged, Anxiety, Depression, Female, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Psoriasis, Self Concept, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, mental disorders, Public Health
dc.subject Humans; Psoriasis; Anxiety; Self Concept; Depression; Adult; Aged; Interviews as Topic; Middle Aged; Female; Male; Adult; Aged; Anxiety; Depression; Female; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Male; Middle Aged; Psoriasis; Self Concept; psoriasis; anxiety; depression; mental disorders; Public Health
dc.title The psychological sequelae of psoriasis: results of a qualitative study.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Psychology, health & medicine
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 14
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Abingdon en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 150 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 161 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1117 Public Health and Health Services
dc.personcode 0000068281 en_US
dc.personcode 112076 en_US
dc.personcode 0000068282 en_US
dc.personcode X000226 en_US
dc.personcode 0000068321 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Public Health and Health Services en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000271402300003 en_US
dc.description.keywords psoriasis; anxiety; depression; mental disorders en_US
dc.description.keywords Science & Technology
dc.description.keywords Technology
dc.description.keywords Engineering, Civil
dc.description.keywords Engineering
dc.description.keywords ENGINEERING, CIVIL
dc.description.keywords thin-walled members
dc.description.keywords complementary energy
dc.description.keywords column-buckling
dc.description.keywords lateral torsional buckling
dc.description.keywords SPACE FRAMES
dc.description.keywords POLAR DECOMPOSITION
dc.description.keywords STABILITY ANALYSIS
dc.description.keywords SPATIAL STABILITY
dc.description.keywords FORMULATION
dc.description.keywords ELASTICITY
dc.description.keywords ELEMENT
dc.description.keywords BOUNDS
dc.description.keywords BEAMS
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Psoriasis
dc.description.keywords Depression
dc.description.keywords Anxiety
dc.description.keywords Self Concept
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Aged
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
dc.description.keywords Interviews as Topic
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Psoriasis
dc.description.keywords Anxiety
dc.description.keywords Self Concept
dc.description.keywords Depression
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Aged
dc.description.keywords Interviews as Topic
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research


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