Consultant Psychiatrist



At all ages the personal experience of chronic atopic eczema can lead to passive pessimism, a mindset that may need taking into account if treatment is going to be successful. Atopic eczema in the elderly has the added challenge of what psychologists call “age stereotypes”: beliefs that we all have about what it means to get old. Research shows that seniors who have a positive outlook on aging are healthier, and recover more quickly from illness.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that a negative attitude to old age is associated with less willingness to seek and accept help, slower recovery from illness and greater degrees of disability.

For more on atopic eczema in the elderly:



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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