People with atopic dermatitis often struggle with a poor self-image and low self-esteem. In severe cases, the appearance of their skin can invite teasing and, especially with children, interfere with peer relationships. The sleep disturbances that may accompany atopic dermatitis put added stress on individuals and those closest to them.
Atopic dermatitis patients who are experiencing a lot of stress may benefit from psychological counseling or even from taking antianxiety drugs. Relaxation therapy and biofeedback also can be helpful for people who are finding it hard to control their scratching.