Current psychological treatments for stress-related skin disorders
Notable changes have been observed in the application of psychological therapies to medicine, including psychodermatology. This review article surveys current methods used by psychologists in the management of stress-related skin disorders, including hypnosis, relaxation training, biofeedback, operant conditioning, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
These techniques offer promise in the treatment of certain dermatologic conditions, but the limited amount of well-controlled and replicated studies of their use suggests that caution be taken in their application.
Straub Clinic and Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Originally published in 1988.
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