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Mental Health Impairment in Children With Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with clinically significant mental health symptoms in children, but many may not seek or receive care for their symptoms, a new study found. The cross-sectional study used 2013-2017 US National Health Interview Survey data in which children with and without AD were assessed for mental disorder with impairment (MDI) using a validated behavioral screening questionnaire. Researchers found:

  • The prevalence of any MDI was 26.7% among children with AD and 17.7% among those without AD, with severe MDI being present in 10.9% and 6.2%, respectively.
  • AD was associated with higher odds of MDI including impairments in conduct, emotions, peer relationships, and attention.
  • Among children with AD, 19.9% and 53.5% of those with mild or severe MDI, respectively, had seen a mental health professional in the last year.


Wan J, et al. Mental health impairment among children with atopic dermatitis: a U.S. population-based cross-sectional study of the 2013-2017 National Health Interview Survey. [Published online ahead of print October 15, 2019]. J Am Acad Dermatol. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.10.019.