Skin disease linked to increased risk of psychiatric problems

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According to a recently conducted cross-sectional study of data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), individuals with skin problems of any kind are significantly more likely to experience depression, psychosis, or anxiety. According to the findings skin disease was associated with an odds ratio of 2.5 for anxiety and depression, and 2.7 for psychosis. According to Nana Smith, M.D., of the University of Rochester, “…because this was a cross-sectional study, there’s no way to tell which comes first, the skin disease or the psychiatric diagnosis.” 30% of people with skin disease gave self-reports of depression as opposed to 15% of controls and 12% of patients with skin disease self-reported psychosis as opposed to 5% of controls. The study sample was sizable; the NHIS study collected data from 23,393 subjects in 2007. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study more.

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