Study links elevated anxiety, depression, and ADD to hyperhidrosis

Patients struggling with hyperhidrosis, a disorder causing excessive sweating, may increase one’s propensity to develop anxiety, depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD), revealed a recent publication presented at the 2019 yearly meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Lead study investigator Dee Anna Glaser, MD, said that the psychological challenges faced by her patients initiated this study.

Glaser shared that she had multiple patients struggling with hyperhidrosis who shared that they were either anxious or depressed because of their diagnosis. Some of her patients also reported suicide ideation as sweating too much severely affected their quality of life.

Anxiety high among hyperhidrosis patients

The study incorporated 500 participants identified with primary hyperhidrosis. The average age of onset for hyperhidrosis was 15 years whereas the average age of the participants at the time of the study was 30 years. Of the 500 study participants, diagnosed with the condition from 2011- 2018, 71.2 percent patients were females and 61.4 percent patients had one to three body locations afflicted due to the disorder. Nearly 24.8 percent patients had four to six sites affected while seven to nine sites were affected in 13.8 percent of the patients.

The patients were reported to have ADD, depression, or anxiety, in primarily four conditions, when:

  • the patient self-reported the mental disorder.
  • the patient was presented with an ICD9 (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification) diagnosis.
  • the patient had a formal diagnosis from a mental health therapist.
  • the patient was on ADD-medicine.

It was observed that 6.4 percent of the patients were diagnosed with ADD, 12.4 percent struggled with depression and 13.8 percent had anxiety and all of these were statistically considerably greater than the national average.

Severe condition led to higher rate of anxiety and depression

The authors did not find a correlation between the probability of ADD, depression, or anxiety developing and the severity or location of hyperhidrosis. However, a correlation was found between the number of sites affected by hyperhidrosis and the occurrence of mental disorders.

The incidence of depression and anxiety was about 9 percent for each disorder in patients in whom one to three sites were affected by hyperhidrosis. Further, the rates of depression and anxiety were found to be about 28 percent and 29 percent respectively for patients who had seven to nine affected sites.

According to Glaser, the most astounding relationship was found between ADD and hyperhidrosis. “I honestly don’t know what to make of it,” she said. More attention was required to be paid to the individuals who struggled with ADD to understand the link better.

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