Almost three in four caregivers of young children with atopic dermatitis (AD) were found to be depressed in a new study presented at the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress in Spain last week.
As part of the study, researchers assessed the impact of an AD diagnosis on 83 family members and caregivers of 35 children (aged 1-6 years) with AD. Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and Hamilton Anxiety Rating scale, as well as a seven-item questionnaire, were used to evaluate symptoms of depression and anxiety among caregivers.
The study found all respondents reported at least mild severity anxiety and 73.5 per cent (n=61) of participants presented with depression. Researchers did not find an association between scores and the severity of disease.
"The chronicity and complexity of chronic dermatitis often leads to overlooked anxiety and depression in family members and caregivers, but our results show the extent of this cannot be overstated. In the future, we must take a wholesome view of the situation and a widened approach to the management of atopic dermatitis not only of the patients but of their families as well," said lead researcher Dr Vesna Grivcheva-Panovska.