Psychological differences between early and late onset psoriasis: A study of personality traits, anxiety and depression in psoriasis.

Charlotta Remröd, Karin Sjöström, Åke Svensson

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BACKGROUND: Onset of psoriasis may occur at any age. Early negative experiences often influence personality development, and may lead to physical disease, anxiety and depression in adulthood. Knowledge about onset of psoriasis and psychopathology is limited. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether patients with early onset psoriasis differ psychologically from patients with late onset, regarding personality traits, anxiety and depression. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 101 consecutively recruited outpatients with psoriasis. A psychosocial interview was performed followed by self-assessment of validated questionnaires; Swedish universities Scales of Personality (SSP), Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI, Form-Y), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II). Psoriasis severity was assessed by the Psoriasis Severity and Area Index (PASI). RESULTS: Patients with early onset psoriasis (< age 20) were significantly more anxious and depressed than patients with late onset. In multiple linear regression models, younger age at onset of psoriasis was a significant determinant of higher scores of four personality traits, i.e. SSP-Embitterment, -Trait irritability, -Mistrust and -Verbal trait aggression. CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that early detection of psychological vulnerability when treating children and adolescents with psoriasis seems to be of great importance. Traits of psychological vulnerability and pessimistic personality traits were found to be significantly associated with early onset of psoriasis, but not with disease duration in this study. These traits may be seen as a consequence of psoriasis, and / or as individual traits modulating and impairing clinical course and efforts to cope with psoriasis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-350
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Dermatology and Venerology (013241320), Obstetric, Gynaecological and Prenatal Ultrasound Research Unit (013242720), Occupational and Environmental Dermatology Unit (013241310)

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  • Dermatology and Venereal Diseases


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