We all know that psoriasis impacts life and health in a negative way but you may not realise that depression and psoriasis are inter-linked significantly. People suffering with psoriasis are twice as likely to become depressed as those without it. Often psoriasis is very visible and may restrict what you wear or even affect life on a social level, this can lead toward a depressed state of mind. Sadly, because depression is so serious, often there are suicidal thoughts and even attempts on life.
If you are feeling low, consider whether you have any of the following symptoms:
- Feeling sad
- Loss of interest
- Inability to focus
If you do, it is important to seek medical advice. Depression can be all-consuming but once diagnosed, doctors will be able to lessen the impact and, once you are able to feel less stressed and depressed, your psoriasis may also improve. It is important to note that those with psoriasis tend to be prescribed more anti-depressants than those who do not have this skin condition, so from this, it makes sense to take a proactive approach toward psoriasis management.
While life may indeed be challenging, this skin condition can be improved. Application of emollients help a great many people, and there are a wide range of treatments that can lessen the symptoms; it is worth looking at diet as well as any triggers which may cause a flare-up. When you consider how interlinked depression and psoriasis really are, it’s paramount to gain greater control over alleviating the symptoms and ascertaining the cause. Eradicate psoriasis and feelings of depression will start to dissipate - eradicate depression and the symptoms of psoriasis will ease.
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Because psoriasis often affects the visible parts of the body, many sufferers find it embarrassing. It can be time-consuming and irritating to try to find the correct treatment. Psoriasis may also make you feel different in your circle of friends or, it may make you feel isolated – often when depression strikes. It can even impact relationships. But some of the worst side effects are the fluctuating emotions which are hard to cope with. Often people around you may not understand the nature of the condition and their reactions may impact your self-esteem. It is hard to overcome people’s ignorance of this very common skin condition.
On a psychological level, psoriasis is serious. It can make your emotions fluctuate as if on a roller-coaster, it can increase feelings of stress and isolation and when adding in feelings of depression, it’s a vicious cycle. In the first instance, seek medical support for depression and look at managing any break-outs. Once your psoriasis is under control, life will improve.
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