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The Essentials of Psychodermatology


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1. Introduction: why to study psychodermatology and to whom it may concern-Highlights the importance of continued efforts to increase awareness and research within the field to improve patient care. 
2. Skin and psyche: psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology-Describes how psychosocial stress influences cutaneous sensory perception by mechanistic alteration of autonomic, immunomodualtory, and neuroendocrine systems. 
3. Basic principles of dermatology applied to psychodermatology-The importance of dermatologic intervention in psychodermatology. 
4. Basic principles of psychopathology applied to psychodermatology-The psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of psychodrrmatiology. 
5. Classification and terminology of psychodermatologic disorders-Providing the organizational structure of conditions within psychocutaneous medicine. 
6. Screening questionnaires, scales and approach to patients with psychodermatologic disorders-Highlighting the specific role of healthcare providers and specialists belonging to multiple fields in the initial management of patients suspected of having a psychodermatologic condition.
7. Psychophysiologic dermatoses-Presents cutaneous conditions that arise or are exacerbated from an individual’s reaction to emotional states such as stress.
8. Dermatoses with important psychiatric and social co-morbidities-Highlights diseases with primary dermatologic pathology resulting in psychiatric conditions such as major depressive disorder and anxiety.
9. Psychodermatologic disorders with primary psychopathology-Features primary psychiatric disorders with dermatologic manifestations like trichotillomania and skin picking disease. 
10. Cutaneous sensory disorders-Describes a category of conditions causing unpleasant skin sensations like itching, stinging, burning, crawling, or pain (allodynia) without a definitive diagnosis of cutaneous disease or psychiatric illness.
11. Common psychotropic treatments used in dermatology, how and when to use-Provides a summary of psychotropic medications used in treatment of psychocutaneous conditions. 
12. Principles of psychotherapy applied to the psychodermatologic disorders-Presents a wide variety of non-pharmacologic interventions and therapies in psychodermatology. 

About the Author

Dr. Mohammad Jafferany, is Clinical Associate Professor at Central Michigan University and Director Psychodermatology Clinic. He has combined training in Dermatology and Psychiatry. He is past president and current Executive Secretary of Association for Psychocutaneous Medicine of North America. He has more than 50 scholarly texts and publications to his credit on various psychodermatologic topics. He is the co-editor and author of books on Pediatric Psychodermatology, Geriatric Psychodermatology, Stress and skin disorders, Trichotillomania and has written numerous chapters on psychocutaneous disorders in many textbooks. He is current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of journal Dermatologic Therapy. He has conducted International Psychodermatology workshops in different parts of the world and has taught Psychodermatology to residents and young dermatologists in different countries around the world. He is a researcher, writer, lecturer and invited speaker in various national and international conferences on Psychodermatology around the world. He is the member of the Taskforce on International Psychodermatology Diploma. Psychiatric aspects of hair disease and skin picking are his areas of interest and expertise. His current focus is on World Psychodermatology Association

Dr. Bárbara Roque Ferreira is a specialist in Dermatology, doing her clinical work in the Department of Dermatology, Centre Hospitalier de Mouscron, Belgium & Eurometropolis Lille - Kortrijk – Tournai, and she is an integrated member of the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, concerning her interest in philosophy of mind.

During her medical residency in Dermatology, she has developed important clinical and scientific work in psychodermatology, being the first Portuguese physician who has implemented an organized psychodermatology consultation in Portugal. She has completed, with excellence, a master thesis, in the field of neuropsychiatry, at the university of Coimbra, and the Mind and Skin Postgraduate course, at the University of Hertfordshire, England. She co-oriented a master thesis, in psychodermatology, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and she completed clinical internships in psychodermatology, in France and in Spain, in 2018. She has published a book on philosophy and science, chapters for relevant international books in psychodermatology and several papers, mostly in psychodermatology, in indexed journals. She has been invited to international meetings, as a speaker in psychodermatology, and has collaborated with international studies in this field of research and the Psychodermatology Task Force. 

Mr.  Arsh Patel is a medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is a research assistant at the Psychodermatology clinic at Jafferany Psychiatric Services and JPS Psychological Services. He attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for his undergraduate studies and earned a B.S. with a dual-concentration in Biomolecualar Science and Drama. He completed his M.S. in Biomedical science at Wake Forest Graduate School. He has an interest in psychocutaneous medicine, integrative medicine, and the arts in healthcare. He is a student researcher involved in many interdisciplinary projects and is a presenter at various national conferences and symposia. He is a co-author in publications involving psychodermatologic conditions like skin picking disease and trichotillomania.

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