[Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Patients With Psoriasis]

Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2011 Jan;30(175):26-8.
[Article in Polish]


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an increasingly common medical condition. This anxiety disorder affects not only post war veterans but also those who suffered for extremely shocking situations, fear and hopelessness. Fundamental features of PTSD include the following: the symptoms are linked to the traumatic event and are not random, the symptoms were not present prior to the traumatic event, and the symptoms are present 1 month or later than completion of the traumatic event. There are some reports about the relatively frequent occurrence of PTSD in the case of psoriasis and some hypothesis about interactions between those two diseases.

The aim of the study: To assess the stress and increase of occurrence of PTSD symptoms in the group of patients suffering from psoriasis.

Material and methods: 20 patients (10 males and 10 females) aged 40.9 with psoriasis and PTSD were examined by the questionnaire Mississippi-C Scale. In addition, 20 patients, including 9 males and 11 females, aged 39.6 were also examined and formed the control group.

Results: It was observed significant relationship between PTSD and psoriasis.

Conclusions: The article also emphasize the early intervention role in preventing the negative effects of stress, especially in patients suffering from psoriasis.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Causality
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • Psoriasis / epidemiology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires