The Liaison Clinic is a consultation
service for psychocutaneous disorders, operated jointly by dermatologist, Dr
Josie Yeatman, and psychiatrist, Dr Melissa Thomas.
Referrals are welcomed from
dermatologists for assessment of patients with a wide variety of psychodermatologic
disorders where psychological symptoms are
instrumental in precipitating and exacerbating the disorder, including
psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and acne excoriate. Addressing anxiety symptoms
with stress-management and relaxation techniques may be of significant benefit
in this group, as well as consideration of anxiolytic and antidepressant
disorders with psychiatric symptoms: severe skin
diseases may be painful, disfiguring, and cause significant interference with
daily living and social interaction. Patients suffering from these disorders
commonly experience symptoms of depression, anxiety and social phobia, problems
which themselves warrant assessment and intervention in their own right.
disorders with dermatological symptoms: delusional
parasitosis, trichotillomania, dysmorphophobia, obsessive compulsive disorder
and neurotic excoriations.
The clinic operates fortnightly and offers
combined psychiatric and dermatological assessment in a non-threatening setting
which is helpful to patients reluctant to accept psychiatric referral. Initial
consultations are conducted in sessions of up to 50 minutes and ongoing
treatment is available where indicated.