Lichen ruber planus as a psychiatric problem

Psychiatr Danub. 2009 Dec;21(4):514-6.


Our mouth is the mirror of our health and it might be said that numerous diseases which affect our organism may be manifested in the mouth. Early symptoms occurring within the oral cavity may emerge with diseases related to our blood system, gastrointestinal system, renal system, cardiovascular system, and mental system. They are manifested as a hyperkeratosis, which may have an erithematous background. What we talk about here is lichen ruber planus. Lichen ruber planus is a common chronic immunological inflammatory disease of mucosa and skin, whose manifestations vary from karatolytic to eritematous and ulcerating lesions. The most frequent psychogenic diseases which may lead to the emerging of lichen planus are depression, anxiety and stress. Depression is a condition of decreased psychophysical activity predominated by sadness, apathy and slowed-down pessimistic thinking. Anxiety is a complex feeling comprising anxiety, fear, tension and insecurity, and is accompanied by the activation of autonomic nervous system. Stress is a reaction to trauma, and it enhances survival.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Arousal
  • Child
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lichen Planus / diagnosis
  • Lichen Planus / psychology*
  • Lichen Planus / therapy
  • Lichen Planus, Oral / diagnosis
  • Lichen Planus, Oral / psychology*
  • Lichen Planus, Oral / therapy
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Risk Factors