One study showed that 29 per cent of patients visiting their doctor for physical disorders had a depressive or anxiety disorder.
Which means our physical well-being could have an effect on or mental well being.
This is further underlined by the fact that many people suffering from chronic as well as short term disorders had trouble with depression.
For many people, acne is certainly a chronic condition as they can suffer it for many years.
Studies have also shown the more severe the acne, as in severe cystic acne, the greater the risk of depression.
Even if the disorder is short term the sufferer does not know how long it will last so the negative mental effects are still there.
It is natural to become frustrated, disappointed or even stressed and anxious over a condition that will not respond to treatment or, if it does, keeps recurring.
Particularly, when it is something so obvious as acne - something so difficult to hide.
The constant effort of dealing with acne breakouts on a daily basis can be very wearing and disheartening.
The more severe the acne and the longer it exists the more it can affect a person's morale and self-esteem.
It is when these feelings persist and affect enjoyment of life they could become a problem.
Symptoms of depression The main symptom of depression is a feeling of sadness that is present most days and lasts most of the day.
If the feeling persists for more than two weeks and the person's performance at work, school or in relationships is impaired, then there could be a problem.
Other symptoms of depression may include: ·Changes in appetite and weight - excessive weight loss or weight gain ·Change in sleep patterns- sleeping too little or too much ·Loss of interest in life - work, hobbies, people or sex ·Withdrawal from family and friends ·Feelings of uselessness, hopelessness, guilt, pessimism or low self-esteem ·Agitated movements or very slow movements ·Fatigue ·Trouble concentrating and making decisions, trouble remembering ·Crying easily, or feeling like crying but being not able to ·Thoughts of death or suicide.
Whilst we should not try to self diagnose something as serious as depression we should at least know what to look for in those close to us, particularly if they are dealing with a physical disorder such as acne.
Their mental and physical well being may depend on our awareness and timely influence to get them to seek medical help