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Appearance Self-Esteem (ASE) In Systemic Sclerosis

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Appearance self-esteem (ASE) in systemic sclerosis--subjective experience of skin deformity and its relationship with physician-assessed skin involvement, disease status and psychological variables. In SSc, ASE proved unrelated to the extent of skin thickness. Psychological interventions aimed at boosting ASE should primarily target the psychological factors acceptance and anxiety. PubMed. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2007 Feb 17. (Also see: Emotional Adjustment)

 

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Hi Sherrill ,

 

This is basically what Gareth's pediatric psychiatrist said two months ago when he brought in another psych who was telling me about all the psychological problems with autoimmune diseases. Depression/anxiety aren't uncommon at all because of the chemical inbalances brought on by the constant pain/worrying. The pain alone associated with a chronic illness can wreck havoc with the brain chemistry. No one should be embarrassed or apprehensive about seeking help.

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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Margaret,

 

I think everyone here will understand these feelings, and agree with you also!

 

Warm hugs,

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