FAQPTSD in Vitiligo?


Vitiligo has long been associated with disease-related discrimination, social stigma, self-isolation, lower self-esteem, embarrassment, anxiety, and depression. 

These chronic stress experiences can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress (PTS) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can persist for decades.

Results from the recent study demonstrated that 30.3% of patients with vitiligo had PTS and 12.5% were confirmed for PTS developing into PTSD. The researchers observed that only 5.9% of patients with PTS and 11.9% of those with PTSD had ever sought any type psychotherapy or medication.

The study team also found that the most common symptom of PTS in patients with vitiligo was sleep disturbance, followed by emotionally triggered thoughts, intrusive thoughts, avoidance of certain situations, and irritability. “Moderate” or “greater” sleep disturbances were observed in as many as 45% of patients with vitiligo, demonstrating significantly diminished Quality of Life. These symptoms may lead patients with vitiligo to become more neurotic and emotionally vulnerable.

FAQOther Questions

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