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Psychological distress and adherence in patients with psoriasis


*Corresponding author, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Academic Division of Clinical Psychology, Second Floor, Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9 PL, UK, tel. +44 (0)161 306 0400; fax +44 (0)161 306 0406; E-mail:


This paper provides an update on research literature concerning psoriasis and its interrelationships with psychological distress in the form of depression and adherence to medication. While recent literature has provided comprehensive reviews of the areas of both adherence to medication and consequences, mechanisms and interventions in psoriasis from a psychological perspective this article will provide a summary of the area and some practical and useable psychological strategies that may have utility in everyday dermatology practice.