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The Strange Way Itchy Skin Can Harm Your Mental Health

Chronic itch is more than skin deep, research says it can set your mental health back, too (not cool!). Here are some techniques to calm your skin and your mind.

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Alexander Krivitskiy
    • Itchy Skin Tips From the American Academy of Dermatology: American Academy of Dermatology, (2019), "How to Relieve Itchy Skin,"

    • News Release on Itch and Mental Health Study: ScienceDaily, (2019), "Increased depression, suicidal thoughts and stress are reported in patients with chronically itchy skin,"

    • SAMHSA National Help Line: SAMHSA’s National Help Line. (2019). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    • Study on Itch and Mental Health: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, (2019), "Itch and Mental Health in Dermatological Patients across Europe: A Cross-Sectional Study in 13 Countries,"

    Lara DeSanto

    Lara DeSanto


    Lara is a former digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She continues to contribute to HealthCentral while she works towards her masters in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. In a past life, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at