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Tagged: Habit reversal

Habit reversal for atopic eczema

4Feb

Habit reversal

              Our 12 year old patient was delighted when her previously troublesome chronic atopic eczema quickly cleared using habit reversal for habitual scratching using The Combined Approach. We asked her what part of the treatment … Continue reading

  

Chronic atopic eczema in early childhood

14Oct

PuppyEczema

  Atopic eczema easily becomes chronic, or longstanding, in early childhood, partly because of inadequate use of conventional topical treatment, and partly because of habitual scratching. The skin becomes thickened, or lichenified. Chronic eczema is established. What to do about … Continue reading

  

From living with eczema to living without eczema

22Jul

LiveWithoutEczema

  Learning how to live with eczema is important. Living with eczema means understanding what eczema is, and what needs to be done about it. Living with eczema also means discovering how to get on with life regardless, and not … Continue reading

  

Eczema and Scratching

18Feb

Scratching

  In 2013 NursingTimes.Net reported a survey that showed one in five eczema patients scratch “at least 10 times” a day, and of the 500 questioned, a third said they go to “extreme lengths” to hide their symptoms. Our experience … Continue reading

  

Habit scratching causes chronic atopic eczema

4Feb

Eczema Scratching

  The itch-scratch cycle is familiar to everyone who knows about atopic eczema. When eczema flares up, it itches – a feeling, which leads to scratching – a behaviour. The scratching irritates the skin further, then there is more itching, … Continue reading

  

Ectodermatology

19Apr

Psychodermatology

  Psychodermatology always gets a spell-check dotted red line under it on my laptop! The term has been around quite a while in various guises, including psychocutaneous (another dotted red line!) medicine and psychosomatic dermatology (that’s OK!). Part of psychological … Continue reading

  

Crisis intervention and atopic eczema

6Jan

CRISIS

  Life transitions, like leaving high school and starting college, and transitions in t, like birthdays, and the start of a new year, are sometimes seen psychologically as “crises”. They are cross-roads, and can be times of heightened awareness, and … Continue reading

  

Habit reversal for passive pessimism

3Jan

“Behaviour” commonly means what we see people doing. As a behaviour modification technique, habit reversal can be used to tackle nail biting, thumb sucking or scratching that have become troublesome habits. Habits start as conscious behaviours associated with specific triggers. … Continue reading

  

The skin as a battleground

26Dec

Sometimes in clinic we talk about how the skin can become a battleground. Perhaps as a territory that is the boundary between ourselves and our surroundings, it is easy to see how this can be. The scratching, picking, rubbing, biting, … Continue reading