May 3, 2012 12:31 PM Subscribe
Has anyone ever had an itchy skin problem, with or without a medical diagnosis, seen a shrink about it when dermatology didn't seem to be helping much, and the shrink treatment helped?
posted by whatdidyouforgettoday to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not talking about being aided by practical, common-sense advice the shrink might give, such as "stop wearing itchy clothes". Nor am I talking about techniques to stop scratching/picking/plucking, which anyone can read about on the Internet, and which don't help much if the itch is bad.
I ask this question because dermatologists sometimes tell their itchy patients to see a shrink. Does it ever work? Especially if there is an actual chronic dermatological condition (not just "itchy skin, dunno why")?
I suppose if the shrink helps you figure out some way to decrease stress in your life that you couldn't figure out on your own, then that might work. But what about medications, or hypnosis? Do any psychotropic meds ever help with itching? (My derm did prescribe a prescription strength oral antihistamine and prescription strength topical cortisone drops. We don't know if that will be enough.)
Also, if you pick the shrink your dermatologist recommends, is there any chance that the shrink was recommended because the dermatologist knew that this shrink specializes in this sort of thing? Is there a good reason a derm would recommend a particular shrink, or is it based on affiliations?