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According to Dr. Ted Grossbart, psychologist and member of VSI’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee. An active supporter of the self-care movement, Dr Grossbart explains; “Although heredity, viruses, bacteria, allergies and chemical irritants play a central role in skin problems, stress and emotions do cause some skin problems and trigger or heighten others. Rather than dividing illness into “emotional” or “physical,” I see emotions as one factor in all skin diseases. Emotional stress may be the sole cause of a few symptoms, but is more typically a trigger of the flare-ups of an ongoing medical condition. Recent studies tell us that between thirty and sixty percent of all people who seek medical attention for a skin problem experience significant underlying emotional turmoil. This is critically important because emotional problems can keep even the most sophisticated medical treatment from working.” How important is the emotional factor in your illness? Take this quick vitiligo quiz to learn more. 1. Did your pigment loss begin or recur after emotionally significant events such as: vacations, hospitalizations, business trips, moving to a new house or new school or a divorce in the family? 2. Is your condition more stubborn, severe, or recurrent than your doctor expects? 3. Are usually effective treatments not working for you? 4. Do treatments work for a while, but not for long? 5. Do your symptoms get worse during or after particularly stressful periods in your life? 6. Is your level of distress and concern about your skin unusually high? 7. Do you find that you are avoiding social situations? 8. Do you find you are selecting and wearing clothing which may or may not be climate appropriate in order to conceal your vitiligo? If you responded “Yes” to several of these questions, stress may be affecting your skin and its treatments. VSI will be reporting on various resources to combat stress in coming newsletter issues. VSI does want to make you aware of a program of stress management being offered by Dr. Grossbart through his “Skin Deep” program and other resources. Ted A. Grossbart, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Boston. He is a senior supervisor at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. His best known writing, his book: Skin Deep: A Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin can be found by clicking the previous link to purchase through Amazon’s VSI library and Store. Visit Dr. Grossbart’s “Skin Deep” Website for more information on a wide range of multimedia psychodermatology resources. For more information, you may contact Dr Grossbart at firstname.lastname@example.org. FYI Research shows that stress is a trigger and negative factor in autoimmune disease. As vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder, it is important to be aware of the role of stress on your skin. Stress does not cause autoimmune disease; that part is genetic, but if you have the gene, then stress can open the door to your immune system leaving you vulnerable to an attack.