Monday, March 28, 2011

Acne Can Lead to Psychological Disorders

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Have you ever had acne? Are you suffering from embarrassing acne blemishes right now? Well, the disturbing truth is that acne can lead to teenage psychological problems. Although most teens view acne as a mere cosmetic nuisance, a recent study shows that some adolescents experience mental heath issues from acne due to a negative impact on self-esteem.

According to EmaxHealth, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that acne’s impact on self-esteem can lead to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, all of which should be considered by clinicians when evaluating a patient’s medical history. Steve Feldman, M.D., a professor of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist conducted a study portraying the psychological impact acne can have on teens. The study also shows that parents are not always educated about treatment options and dietary intervention. These are aspects that can essentially reduce anxiety and depression for these suffering adolescents.

Not all teens with acne have difficulty coping. However, Dr. Feldman says that for others, the condition can have a “potentially large and negative impact on their lives or it can have a small affect. They should talk to their physician.”

Acne isn’t something to be taken lightly. It is a serious condition that can lead to a potentially serious mental illness. Acne is a treatable medical condition and teens afflicted with the condition shouldn’t have to suffer. They should seek professional help to avoid depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.

-Jordan Gutterman

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