Author(s): Sharma N, Koranne RV, Singh RK, Sharma N, Koranne RV, Singh RK
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Abstract The psychiatric morbidity in psoriasis patients was compared with that in vitiligo patients using the standardised Hindi (vernacular language) version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-H). Thirty new and untreated patients each with psoriasis or vitiligo and between the ages of 18-60 yrs, constituted the study group. The prevalences of psychiatric morbidity as assessed by the GHQ-H were found to be 53.3\% and 16.22\% in the psoriasis and vitiligo patients respectively; the difference was statistically significant (p=0.0028). The prevalences of depression were 23.3\% and 10\% in psoriasis and vitiligo respectively and anxiety was observed in 3.3\% of each group. Sleep disturbance was the most common complaint and was present in 56.6\% of psoriasis patients and 20\% of the vitiligo patients. However, the parameter of sleep disturbance showed a statistically significant difference between the two dermatoses (p=0.0034).
This article was published in J Dermatol
and referenced in Journal of Psychiatry