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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder presenting as dermatitis artefacta

By Suravi Patra and Chandra Sekhar Sirka


Dermatitis artefacta, a self-inflicted intentional dermatosis is a very rare diagnosis in childhood. In a large proportion, the underlying psychiatric disorders go unidentified due to lack of collaboration between dermatologist and psychiatrist. The underlying psychological reasons for childhood dermatitis artefacta include emotional distress and interpersonal conflicts. A multitude of psychosocial factors interact to precipitate this disorder. Here, we report a child with dermatitis artefacta who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder during psychiatric evaluation. Parental expectations and sibling rivalry were further increasing the stress of the index child. Appropriate diagnosis and management lead to treatment compliance and functional improvement in the child

Topics: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood, dermatititis artefacta, psychiatry, Pediatrics, RJ1-570, Medicine, R, Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry, RC321-571, Internal medicine, RC31-1245
Publisher: Medknow Publications
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.4103/1817-1745.181263
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