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Psychodermatology: An Overview of History, Concept, Classification, and Current Status

Ravindra Neelakanthappa Munoli

Keywords : Classification in psychodermatology, Definition of psychodermatology, History of psychodermatology, Psychodermatology, Psychodermatology clinic, Psychodermatology in India, Stress and psychodermatology

Citation Information : Munoli RN. Psychodermatology: An Overview of History, Concept, Classification, and Current Status. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2020; 14 (2):85-91.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0067

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-07-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Psychodermatology is an evolving discipline of medicine with an interface of dermatology and psychiatry. Current psychodermatology relies on understanding that biological, psychological, and social factors play roles in the disease etiopathogenesis. These interactions can be seen over the entire disease course. Recent research addressed the embryological and physiological connections between skin and nervous system, which get reflected in many dermatoses. Various classifications have evolved to understand psychodermatological disorders but there is lack of consensus on definition and classification. Though various models of clinics have shaped up, a holistic approach by liaison between psychiatrist, dermatologist, and psychologist will be ideal to address these. Current review addresses history and evolution of psychodermatology, defines psychodermatology, discusses classification, and explores pathophysiological aspects.

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