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A new study reveals there is a higher rate of anxiety and depression among people with hyperhidrosis, a condition of excessive sweating

It seems that people with this condition are nearly three times more likely to experience a mental disorder than people without it. It is important for dermatologists to be aware of this so they can refer patients to proper psychiatric care if need be.

Of course, it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that such a condition would produce a lot of unhappiness. People with hyperhidrosis suffer excessive sweating of the underarms, palms and soles of the feet. These problems usually start around puberty, the age of 13, and continue through life if left untreated.

Sweating profusely can be extremely embarrassing, especially in business and social interactions. People with hyperhidrosis often feel self-conscious and avoid social activities, two behaviors that could definitely lead to serious feelings of depression or anxiety. Severe cases can have serious practical consequences as well, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel or shake hands.

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Not being able to function in normal society is a major barrier for success and happiness, and can make people with this condition much more likely to experience various symptoms of mental illness, or elevate symptoms of already existing mental disorders like depression.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends treatments such as strong antiperspirants, Botox injections for underarm sweating and electrical stimulation to dial down sweat-gland activity in the hands and feet. Because of all the potential mental and social repercussions hyperhidrosis could have on the sufferer, it is important for people with this condition to find ways to alleviate it as a social barrier. It is also important to note that people experiencing this condition should not hesitate to talk to someone, even their dermatologist, if they experience anxiety and/or depression symptoms.

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