Self-Esteem Project: Confidence Talks
Every day, dermatologists see patients who experience appearance-related anxiety due to visible disease, particularly one like acne. Unfortunately, many of our patients seek counsel from Dr. Google, where it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Recognizing that digital content is a primary way that many of our younger patients view content, experts from the WDS, the Dove Self-Esteem Project and the Center for Appearance Research have teamed up to bring a credible source of information to acne patients – a series of videos called Confidence Talks, which aims to provide them with tools and tips for improving self-esteem. The videos feature real patients, recruited by members of the WDS, who talk about their own mechanisms for coping with the stresses of daily life with acne.
There are 5 videos in total, including topics that range from bullying to media literacy to the importance of sticking with the regimen recommended by their dermatologists.
There is also a toolkit available for dermatologists, which covers the ins and outs of appearance-related anxiety and provides guidance on how to identify patients who may benefit from this kind of content.
To quickly and easily share the videos with your patients, friends, and colleagues, use the printed postcard that features the web address where the videos can be found.
The Confidence Talks program is the result of a collaboration among the WDS, the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and Dr. Phillippa Diedrichs and Dr. Heidi Williamson of the Center for Appearance Research.