The effects of poorly controlled psoriasis go beyond the skin
To investigate the impact of psoriasis on mental wellbeing LEO Pharma worked with the Happiness Research Institute to talk to 120,000 people with psoriasis in the UK and around the world.
Their findings showed that if you’re feeling the burden of psoriasis, you’re not the only one – out of 1,112 people in the UK surveyed, 28% were found to be less happy than everyone else.1
How is poorly controlled psoriasis affecting you?
The report didn’t just investigate happiness, it looked into how psoriasis made people feel about many aspects of their lives:
- 3 out of 4 people believe the public don’t know enough about psoriasis1 – many people’s misconceptions, like psoriasis being contagious, can make living with psoriasis even harder
- 48% of people with psoriasis in the UK feel lonely1 – feeling different from other people, especially if they don’t really understand psoriasis, can make it hard to make connections
- Women with psoriasis report higher levels of stress and loneliness than men – while both men and women with psoriasis are very much affected physically, emotionally and psychologically the impact on women is greater1
- Lack of sleep due to psoriasis reduced happiness by 18.3%1 – for tips on improving your sleep, visit the Sleep advice page
- Psoriasis itching reduced happiness by 12.4%1 – for help managing psoriasis itch, visit the Itch advice page
Making a positive change to mental wellbeing
While psoriasis can have a negative effect,2 you have the power to make a change to your mental wellbeing.
Talking to your doctor is an important first step. Don't be afraid to talk to them about any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing. They will be able to help you with a range of stress management techniques and can suggest activities that you can use in order to keep stress levels under control.
If you are worried about getting your doctor to understand, the practical advice on the Talking to Your Doctor page will help you successfully talk to your doctor about your mental wellbeing, as well as your symptoms.
Being able to talk to someone else with psoriasis can also make a big difference – the report showed that connecting with someone else with psoriasis actually reduced stress.1
Flaym is a social media site that’s been specifically created to connect people with psoriasis from all over the world, or even down the road. Flaym is a thriving community and its members are great at offering support and advice on the shared experience of living with psoriasis.