Consultant Psychiatrist




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 letting eczema cause added unhappiness and stress, either for the person who has it, or for others in their family.

Here are some important points about living with eczema from accounts given to the US National Eczema Association:

  • Avoid letting eczema define who one is: “eczema is not who I am”
  • Parenting, and coping with conflicting advice
  • Listening to your skin: paying attention, meeting its needs
  • Understanding the personality of the person with eczema
  • Learning what to do, what not to do – for oneself: it’s different for everyone

Living successfully with eczema means becoming one’s own expert: learning how to deal with one’s own eczema effectively. Chronic, longstanding eczema needs more than creams for effective treatment. With The Combined Approach, adding habit reversal for habitual scratching allows chronic eczema to melt away.

This then allows learning how to live without eczema…

Here are some important points about living without eczema from accounts in The Eczema Solution by Sue Armstrong-Brown:

  • The programme enabled me to help myself
  • My life is under control again
  • Now I feel comfortable meeting people
  • Looking back, I can hardly believe that was me
  • It’s like having a completely new skin

As Dr Peter Noren says

“There is certainly no need to live with eczema: there is now a possibility to live without eczema”.



Dr Christopher Bridgett (DrB) is a specialist in Adult General Psychiatry who has also worked in Dermatology since being first introduced to Psychodermatology by Arthur Rook in 1971. Together with dermatologists Richard Staughton (London) and Peter Norén (Uppsala) he co-authored Atopic Skin Disease - A Manual for Practitioners, which sets out a behavioural approach for the successful management of atopic eczema. Now retired from both NHS and private practice, he continues to teach and advise at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London and runs an online community for both practitioners and patients interested in The Combined Approach to the treatment of atopic eczema:

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