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Primer on Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Psychocutaneous Diseases
Sunday, March 03
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Francisco A. Tausk, MD, FAAD - Handout
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Recognize the most common psychocutaneous problems in the clinic.
- Differentiate primary psychiatric from primary cutaneous disorders including delusional, factitial, OCD, dysmorphophobia, somatization, stress, anxiety and depression.
- Select the best treatment regimen for different psychocutaneous disorders and differentiate what is treatable from what is not, as well as when and how to refer a patient to psychiatry.
This session will review the role of the dermatologist in the assessment and treatment of primary dermatological and primary psychogenic diseases. The main aim is to provide dermatologists with the tools that will facilitate the diagnosis of the various delusional, factitial, somatoform and compulsive ailments, as well as how to establish a supportive treatment environment.
We will review how to choose appropriate psychotropic medications and the referral to a psychiatrist.
Finally we will present an overview of the roles played by the placebo effect and stress in the practice of general dermatology.