Acne vulgaris, a common skin disorder, was proven to cause significant psychological and psychosocial repercussions in 1955. Since then, measures have been taken to curb and prevent those effects. Read the article below to find about acne and depression:-
Adolescents with Acne Vulgaris
Most often, acne vulgaris appears in teens just before or during puberty. This is the time in life when they are most sensitive to any changes to their body or appearance. A time when they are undergoing the maximum amount of social and physiological change and are most vulnerable. 30-50% of teens experience serious psychological difficulties that are a result of acne. Some of these difficulties include managing emotions regarding their social interactions, body image and even sexuality in relation to the acne.
Rather than dysphoria, depression or anxiety, the first effect of acne that teen will exhibit is embarrassment. This will lead to avoiding sports, parties and other activities that teens would normally participate in. The lack of interaction and the feeling of alienation will often then lead to deep depression.
The psychological effects can be just as bad for people who begin experiencing acne in their 20’s or later. The effects of such a change can be life altering and even devastating. Adults often contemplate suicide, feeling as though they have become devalued as a person in situations ranging from employment to personal and sexual relationships.
Dealing with Mild to Moderate Acne Depression
There are many methods to treating acne depression for those who are not experiencing suicidal or anti-social behavior. Visiting the dermatologist and having the patience to wait for prescribed medications to begin working and joining online forums dedicated to helping people with acne depression, are some of the ways to deal with acne depression. Proper skin care routines, changes in diet and lifestyle are often enough to begin healing the psychological wounds of acne.
Dealing with Deep Acne Depression
Deep acne depression is a very serious and dark depression. Those who suffer this depression are often withdrawn socially and have “given up” on normal life. Doctors who encounter this type of depression will prescribe anti-depressant medication along with medication to help heal acne. Dermatologists have been observing this type of depression for decades and still don’t have all the tools they need to support these patients.
Other possible solutions
Another way to start helping all acne sufferers is to make the subject of acne depression more apparent to the general population. Acne education and support groups in schools and more online forums for adults must be implemented. In most cases, acne is not permanent and it is not a fatal disorder. Information, support, understanding and empathy are the best things that can be done at this time for anyone who has acne. Medications and counseling are of the utmost importance for healing people suffering from acne depression as well.