Psychological factors involved in prurigo nodularis: A pilot study

Carla Dazzi, Daniela Erma, Roberta Piccinno, Stefano Veraldi, Massimo Caccialanza

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Abstract

Emotional stresses and psychological disorders seem to be concurrent factors in some cases of prurigo nodularis (PN), a chronic skin condition with a difficult therapeutic approach. In order to improve the therapeutic strategies, we performed a psychometric study on 20 patients affected by generalized and histological proven PN. Specific questionnaires were employed to examine the hypotheses (General Health Questionnaire, State Trait Anxiety Inventory form Y, Beck Depression Inventory-II, and Eysenck Personality Questionnaire). The results show that symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with PN are more severe than in the control group and that some specific traits of personality are more frequently represented in such subjects. The results of our study represent a first attempt to analyze the psychological problems and the personality dimensions which seem to characterize PN patients. Such evidence supports the importance of a psychological approach in the clinical management of PN, which should always include psychological assessment and treatment together with the other therapeutic options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-214
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Dermatological Treatment
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Prurigo nodularis
  • Psychological assessment
  • Psychometric study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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