Psychodermatology is the study and practice of the relationship between skin disorders and psychology with dermatologists understanding the role of the “skin-brain connection.” Many skin disorders have an underlying emotional cause. As the largest organ in the body, the skin contains a dense network of nerve cells sensitive to stress and tied directly to the sympathetic nervous system which activates during the stress response. Further, the skin connects to the endocrine system which is also involved in the expression of stress and anxiety. Therefore, psychodermatologists consider the role of stress and other psychological disorders as causes for skin conditions and the effects of skin conditions. Increased awareness of this connection makes psychodermatologists integral to someone in recovery from skin picking disorder. Read more in the blog post about psychodermatology for skin picking disorder.