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.