Struggles with Mental Health
Updated: Sep 10, 2022
"Along with the profound effect on family life, eczema can negatively impact your child’s quality of life, causing mood and behavioral changes, poor school performance, bacterial infections, and poor sleep. Embarrassment from eczema can cause social isolation and impacts the daily life activities of childhood such as clothing choices, holidays, interaction with friends, owning pets, swimming, and the ability to play sports or go to school.”
Dealing with Eczema
Eczema is mainly classified as a chronic skin disease, and treatments are usually geared toward getting rid of inflammation, itching, scaly lesions, and surface-level symptoms. However, eczema can have harmful effects on your mental state and well-being, especially when it is during puberty. Out-of-normal, fluctuating hormone levels combined with the outward symptoms of eczema can be extremely detrimental to a young person's self-consciousness and body image. It could affect the types of clothing you wear, the activities you participate in, and even your relationships with those around you. Embarrassment and/or discomfort from eczema can be a large deciding factor in most parts of your life.
It's not just a skin disease, it's a daily struggle in your mind, which is why it's important for preteens and teens to reach out for help when needed, to a trusted adult.
It shouldn't have to define every aspect of your life.