Disfigurement: Psychosocial Impact and Coping
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2009
First Page: 54
Last Page: 57
Publisher Id: TODJ-3-54
Article History:Received Date: 06/03/2009
Revision Received Date: 16/03/2009
Acceptance Date: 17/03/2009
Electronic publication date: 9/4/2009
Collection year: 2009
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Using the prism of skin disease, this short letter examines the overall impact that disfigurement can have on sufferers’ lives. Often trivialised by health professionals and laypeople alike, the common misconception that skin disease is not ‘serious’ is challenged. Looking in turn at the overall psychosocial impact and psychiatric co-morbidities, the effects of stigmatisation are examined as well as the coping strategies to which patients turn. By providing a brief overview of the factors that must be considered in clinic, the worthiness of adopting a holistic approach to one’s patients is emphasised.