Take some weight off your shoulders

Why it’s important to stay connected

Researchers have found that people with psoriasis are at a greater risk of developing anxiety or depression.1,2 And if you are experiencing stress and/or depression from having to deal with psoriasis on a day-to-day basis, it may be all too easy to withdraw from family and friends – leaving you feeling that you have to deal with your condition on your own.

By being open, and taking the time to explain your condition, you can put loved ones in a better position to offer the support you need.


Try to stay connected

If this sounds familiar, it is important to consider that loneliness can affect stress levels and sleep, 3,4 which can make your experience of symptoms worse.5,6 If you feel ashamed of your psoriasis, you are more likely to try to keep it secret, which can be emotionally tiring.

So try to stay connected and enlist support from those closest to you. By being open, and taking the time to explain your condition, you can put loved ones in a better position to offer the support you need. Though it may feel challenging, if you let people in, you allow them to help you.

If you have been feeling persistently sad, hopeless, tearful or anxious for more than a few days, you should speak to your doctor7.

[References]

  1. Shanu Kohli Kurd, MD, MSCE, MHS; Andrea B. Troxel, ScD; Paul Crits-Christoph, PhD; Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE, ‘The Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality in Patients With Psoriasis: A Population-Based Cohort Study’, Arch Dermatol. 2010; 146(8):891-895. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.186 http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/146/8/891
  2. Gupta MA, Gupta AK, ‘Depression and suicidal ideation in dermatology patients with acne, alopecia areata, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis’, Br J Dermatol. 1998 Nov;139 (5):846-50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9892952 ,page 849
  3. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100622091746.htm, p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015
  4. Chris Segrin, Stacey Passalacqua, ‘Functions of Loneliness, Social Support, Health Behaviors, and Stress in Association with poor health. Health Commun. 2010 Jun; 25(4):312-22.
  5. www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Psoriasis/Pages/Causes.aspx, p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015
  6. http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm, p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015
  7. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Depression/Pages/Introduction.aspx, p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015

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