Why staying positive is an important part of psoriasis managementMany people believe that stress is related to their psoriasis.1 Evidence also shows that stress may be a factor leading to the first flare up of the condition or aggravation of existing psoriasis.2
Having said that, the specific effects of stress on each individual are difficult to assess – it is very personal and different levels and causes of stress can affect people differently.
Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing.
Alongside the everyday strain of living with psoriasis, stresses which may play a role in psoriasis can range from personal crisis and serious psychological trauma to stresses caused by work or returning to school after the holidays.
What you can doIf you believe that stress is a factor in your psoriasis, you should speak to your doctor, but there is also something you can do to manage worrying situations to help you stay in control. Anything that helps you relax could also help to reduce stress levels. Regular exercise, sleeping well and activities like yoga and tai chi may all help you to relax.
Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing. He or she may be able to help you with stress management techniques and can suggest activities that you can try to keep stress levels under control, or refer you to a relevant specialist.
- Fortune D.G., Richards H.L., Main C.J., Griffiths C.E.M., ‘What patients with psoriasis believe about their condition’. J Am Acad Dermatol 1998: 39: 196-201, page 198
- Griffiths, C.E.M., Richards, H.L.,‘Psychological influences in psoriasis’, Blackwell Science Ltd, 2001, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 26, 338-342, page 338