AD Increases Depression, Anxiety Among Patients

depression holding headA recent survey by the National Eczema Association (NEA) found that patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) often report a depression or anxiety diagnosis. The NEA surveyed 545 patients with AD. 


It is estimated that more than 30% of adults are diagnosed with AD. The 15 million adults in the US with AD say that it impacts almost every area of their lives, including profession, intimate relationships, sleep quality, and overall wellbeing. 

“Atopic dermatitis is a complex disease as this survey shows,” said Julie Block, president and chief executive officer of NEA. “Research reveals this form of eczema goes well beyond what you see on the skin. Chronic inflammation, symptoms such as unbearable itch, being severely allergic to the world around you—these all profoundly affect the quality of life of people with AD.”

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Julie Gould