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Understanding Skin Problems: Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and Related Conditions

Understanding Skin Problems: Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and Related Conditions

Linda Papadopoulos, Carl Walker

ISBN: 978-0-470-86143-1

Jul 2003

108 pages



As suffers will know, any dermatological condition can have a devastating effect leading to feelings of isolation and depression.

Filling the gap between medical advice and lay knowledge, Understanding Skin Problems provides crucial information to help you understand the various aspects of your condition - psychological and social as well as medical - so that you can improve the quality of your life and learn to cope better with the problem.

Written in easy-to-understand language, it offers a positive, hopeful outlook and includes lists of organizations for further help.
* Broad coverage relevant to a wide range of skin conditions
* Written in a very accessible style
* Lists of further help, organisations etc included

Linda Papadopoulos is a Reader in Psychology and a chartered counselling and health psychologist. She currently works as a course director at London Guildhall University. She has published extensively in the fields of medical and counselling psychology and has been invited to present her research at various international conferences. She has also appeared on a variety of television programmes such as 'Big Brother' as their expert psychologist.
Carl Walker is a Research Psychologist at London Guildhall University where he is currently finishing a PhD in psychodermatology. He comes from a biological background, having graduated in biology from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.

About the author vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Myths about skin disease, the media and stigma 5

3 Facts about skin disease: causes and prevalence 19

4 Social coping 27

5 The impact of skin disease on relationships 35

6 Children and skin disease 43

7 Treatment 1: The people (health professionals, skin camouflage and support groups) 55

8 Treatment 2: Psychology and skin disease 63

9 How do I . . .? 77

Useful addresses 89

References and suggested further reading 91

Index 93

""…The book is written by leading psychologists amd is packed full of top tips for sufferes…"" (The Waiting Room, Summer 2003)