Mental well-being and Psoriasis
Living with psoriasis can be challenging. Some people living with this condition have reported low self-esteem and even feeling depressed at times. This has caused them to withdraw or avoid social engagements. It is important to remember that you’re not alone – this website provides helpful resources and Canadian support groups, which allow you to connect to other people coping with this condition.
The impact of psoriasis on your relationships
Not everyone realizes that the visible signs of psoriasis can have a social and psychological impact. Some people living with psoriasis report feeling isolated because of their condition and don’t feel comfortable unless their visible symptoms are well hidden. This is particularly problematic at school or work and can make meeting new people a difficult and painful process.
Thankfully, the psychosocial impact of psoriasis is now well recognized, and measuring health-related quality of life is an important aspect of treatment.
If your mental well-being is suffering, your doctor can provide additional support and may refer you to a therapist or direct you to other available mental health resources.
Alternatively, you can directly contact a therapist yourself.
If you notice that psoriasis is getting you down, please seek help immediately. Remember: Your mental well-being is just as important as your physical health.
Even if you feel completely alone, you can still call on friends and loved ones. For many patients, this is an important source of support. Try to be open and honest with them and tell them how you’re really feeling.
Talking to people who also suffer from psoriasis can give you the additional support you need. Support groups and internet forums are attended by people who want to help each other.
Online spaces and in-person groups can give you the opportunity to ask questions, feel supported, and find useful tips from other patients. Sharing your own experiences and feelings with other people living with psoriasis can feel liberating and may even help improve your mental well-being.
For more information on how to avoid stress, have a look at the Living with Psoriasis brochure.
This site is intended for Canadian residents only. The content on this site is not meant to replace the guidance of a healthcare professional.
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