Psychodermatology is the human science that allows us to understand the psychological process which caused a person to develop a dermatological illness or which worsened the condition of the existing processes. Over a period of 6 years we interviewed children/adolescents between 2 and 18 years of age, and their families, in the pediatric section of the Dermatology Service of the Ramos Mejia Hospital in Buenos Aires. The interdisciplinary integration of the psychodermatology team allowed us to perform directed and semi-directed interviews using a self-developed questionnaire, to establish a correlation between severity of dermatosis, socioeconomic, educational, and psychic status in 150 patients suffering from moderate to severe alopecia areata, psoriasis, or atopic eczema. Admission to hospital and separation from the family environment permitted improvement, especially in cases where non-compliance was a factor, while the interdisciplinary approach gave support to the families.

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