The Emotional and Social Impact of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is much more than “just” a skin condition. In fact, many people with psoriasis say they can handle the physical symptoms. It’s the reactions of others that they have a hard time dealing with.
People with psoriasis may worry about what others think when they see plaques on their skin. Or they may hold themselves back from doing certain activities because of their appearance. The emotional and social impact of psoriasis can take a huge toll on a person’s overall well being.
Consider the ways psoriasis can affect people emotionally and socially.
- Change the way a person acts with family, friends and co-workers
- Prevent them from applying for or getting a new job, or performing usual job duties
- Affect the way they sleep or walk
- Affect their sex life
- Cause them to avoid certain activities because of the way their psoriasis looks – like swimming, sunbathing, playing sports, getting a hair cut, or going out in public
- Limit the types of clothing they choose to wear because affected skin will be shown
- Make them feel anxious or depressed
- Affect self-esteem
Make sure you talk to your doctor about how your skin condition makes you feel, so that he or she knows just how important it is to find a treatment that works for you.