Diagnosing an underlying psychiatric component in a patient who has skin disease involves several dimensions. Evaluation is challenging but it plays a major role in creating an effective treatment plan. There is no universally accepted classification of psychodermatological disease, but this slideshow serves as a general overview of these disorders.
CLASSIFICATION OF PSYCHODERMATOLOGICAL DISORDERS
Psychiatric disorders with dermatological symptoms
Body dysmorphic disorder
Delusion of parasitosis
Dermatological disorders with psychiatric symptoms
Cutaneous sensory syndrome: glossodynia, vulvodynia, chronic itching
Psychogenic purpura syndrome
Source: Adapted from a Psychiatric Times article by Mohammad Jafferany, MD, titled "Psychodermatology: When the Mind and Skin Interact." This article, originally posted as a Tipsheet on February 22, 2012, has since been updated.