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Primer on Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Psychocutaneous Diseases
Monday, March 24
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Francisco A. Tausk, MD, FAAD - Handout
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Recognize the various different primary and secondary psychodermatoses.
- Diagnose and evaluate self-inflicted dermatoses.
- Select the best treatments for patients suffering from psychocutaneous diseases and learn when to give up.
This session will discuss the most common psychocutaneous diseases as well as the role played by stress and depression on the evolution of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. We will emphasize the diagnosis, assessment and therapeutics of factitious disorders whose spectrum spans from acne excorieé all the way to delusions of parasitosis and Morgellon's disease. The lecture will be based on examples from the practice, discussing how to approach these patients in order to obtain a good rapport that will lead to favorable outcomes. Finally, we will discuss the use of psychotropic medications by the general dermatologist.