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Getting support from your partner

Getting support from you partner is not only important to help maintain your quality of life, but could also affect the course of your psoriasis. It’s important to consider how psoriasis might impact your relationships.

Being open and trying to help your loved one understand the problems related to psoriasis puts them in a better position to give the support you need.

Whatever your concerns, it’s important to remember that your partner won’t know how to help unless you tell them.


Try to explain how you are feeling

No matter how close you are to somebody, it can still be hard for your partner to know exactly what you’re going through. And it’s worth remembering that they will likely feel distress themselves if they see their partner suffering, though they may not always know how to show it or how best to support you.

You can play your part in the process by explaining to them how you’re honestly feeling and what you would like them to do. Though this may not be easy, try to pick your moment – and make time to listen to each other.

Everybody is different and so there are many different concerns that you might wish to share. Perhaps you feel embarrassed about exposing your skin. Maybe you’d like your partner to remind you to use your treatment, to point out an area that’s looking red that you haven’t noticed, or to apply your moisturizer and treatment into hard-to-reach areas.

Letting your partner help

Whatever your concerns, it’s important to remember that your partner won’t know how to help unless you tell them.

Though it may be difficult to open up, enlisting understanding from your partner can be very helpful in managing your condition effectively. It may help your partner feel more empowered, if you let them know how they can offer you practical and/or emotional support.

References:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/emotional-support-psoriasis, p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015

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