Social Anxiety and its Relationship to Clinical Variables in Patients of Acne Vulgaris: A Hospital Based Study
Background: Acne vulgaris is one of the most common dermatological disease all over the world. It is affecting nearly 85% of adolescents. Apart from the cosmetic concerns, acne may negatively distress dermatological as well as psychological aspect of quality of life. In other words, acne can influence psychological and social functioning.
Methods: Total 200 cases were included in this study on the basis of inclusion and exclusion criteria. This study was conducted in Department of Psychiatry.
Results: Amongst acne patients having social anxiety majority had acne lesions localized on face (36.7%), almost all had clinically very severe (100%) acne and none of them subjectively perceived their acne lesions as mild. However, these clinical variables of acne had statistically non-significant impact on presence of social anxiety.
Conclusions: This study concludes that a clinician's evaluation is objective and more precise and valuable, still the self-perception of a patient has a greater effect on his/her psychological functioning
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