Psychiatric morbidity in psoriasis and vitiligo: a comparative study

J Dermatol. 2001 Aug;28(8):419-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2001.tb00003.x.


The psychiatric morbidity in psoriasis patients was compared with that in vitiligo patients using the standardised Hindi (vernacular language) version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-H). Thirty new and untreated patients each with psoriasis or vitiligo and between the ages of 18-60 yrs, constituted the study group. The prevalences of psychiatric morbidity as assessed by the GHQ-H were found to be 53.3% and 16.22% in the psoriasis and vitiligo patients respectively; the difference was statistically significant (p=0.0028). The prevalences of depression were 23.3% and 10% in psoriasis and vitiligo respectively and anxiety was observed in 3.3% of each group. Sleep disturbance was the most common complaint and was present in 56.6% of psoriasis patients and 20% of the vitiligo patients. However, the parameter of sleep disturbance showed a statistically significant difference between the two dermatoses (p=0.0034).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Comorbidity
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Probability
  • Psoriasis / diagnosis
  • Psoriasis / epidemiology*
  • Psoriasis / psychology
  • Quality of Life*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vitiligo / diagnosis
  • Vitiligo / epidemiology*
  • Vitiligo / psychology