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Mental health associations with eczema, asthma and hay fever in children: a cross-sectional survey
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    Mental health associations

    I am responding to the captioned article published on October 14, 2016. The study was quite insightful, in my opinion. It became clear to me as I read the article that physical illness is often associated with mental health issues, especially in children. Despite no direct links between mental illness and diagnosis, factors such as gender, age, and family history increase the likelihood of developing a mental disorder. Children with allergic diseases are also identified to have anxiety, emotional, and behavioral problems.

    A previous study revealed that asthma during early childhood may precede internalizing behaviors during adolescence, suggesting that allergies may contribute to mental illness. To plan effective treatment interventions for this potentially at-risk population, health care practitioners should inform themselves about the increased vulnerability of young girls with childhood eczema to mental health problems.

    According to the original study, the behavior of the child might be influenced by their perception of their appearance, which might affect their psychological development. The outward appearance of children with atopic diseases may aggravate their humiliation and lead them to withdraw from social situations. The discomfort and pain associated with these diseases leaves affected individuals feeling irritated by their very nature. Bronkhorst, Schellack, and Motswaledi (2016), shared these thoughts when they identified five areas that were lik...

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    A Unjustifiable Truth

    With Cain interest in your titled text i begin my journey in reading. i thought to myself that these are prevalent medical conditions that are both acute and chronic in nature, and with level of bullying, and peer-pressure in the school environment; have finally found a scientific relation to the emotional responses these children my face based upon your study? and the answer in my opinion is no. i found it to be an over reaching of the facts, and i found that it relied heavily on outside factors that had no relation to the participants. their parent socioeconomic background or level of educational background would've no relevance to their mental state. had you look at their interactions with their peers at school and the exacerbation of their diseases you would've been better justified; because it is a known fact that a increase in stress levels lead to an attack in these diseased conditions. and lastly i found it to be bias in nature the correlations i viewed were interpreting that kids from a lower socioeconomic background were more likely to develop problems more frequently then those from the more affluent backgrounds.

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    Re: Mental health associations with eczema, asthma, and hay fever in children: a cross-sectional survey

    This response is in relation to the above captioned article, published October 14, 2016. I must state that this was quite an insightful study. As I read the article, I began to realize with no doubt that there are physical illnesses associated with the development of mental health issues, particularly in children. I must agree with the author, that while there are no direct links to diagnose a mental illness, there are fac...

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    Further Suggestions as to the Relationship between Mental Health and Atopic Diseases

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I am writing in response to the article "Mental health associations with eczema, asthma and hay fever in children: a cross-sectional survey" published on October 14th 2016 in Volume 6 Issue 10 of BMJ Open.

    This study sought to determine whether the socioeconomic position (SEP) of parents had an impact on their children's mental health for those children who had symptoms or diagn...

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