Skin Disorders and Suicide: Examining the Effects of Eczema
the MPR take:
A new study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has found that eczema in late adolescence is associated with suicidal ideation and mental health issues. The population-based study surveyed adolescents 18–19 years of age and reported a prevalence of current eczema at 9.7% (11.9% in females, 7.9% in males). Participants with eczema were significantly more likely to report suicidal ideation compared to those who had never suffered from the condition (16% vs. 9%; AOR, 1.87; 95% CI, 1.31–2.68). Statistically significant associations were also seen between eczema and mental health problems and eczema and mental distress, pointing to the need for new treatments and psychological support for this population.
There are few studies on psychosocial problems in adolescents with eczema. We performed a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study to explore the relationship of suicidal ideation, mental health problems, and social functioning with eczema. A total of 4,744 adolescents (18–19 years) were invited for the study, of whom 3,775 (80%) participated.
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