Psoriasis Is More Than Just Skin Deep
When you hear "psoriasis," you probably think of red, irritated skin. And while that's partially what it is, psoriasis goes much deeper than that.
Psoriasis is actually a chronic condition that brings on many physical and emotional symptoms that don't just have to do with a person's skin.
The red, scaly patches on your skin can make you feel embarrassed, anxious, and depressed. It can affect your confidence, make you withdrawn from friends and family, make you feel self-conscious and introverted, and basically impact every decision that you make every single day.
As crazy as this sounds, the same processes in your body that form plaques can also change the levels of brain chemicals that affect your mood.
Psoriasis Can Lead To Depression
People with psoriasis are twice as likely to be depressed as those who don't have it.
With psoriasis, your immune cells release substances called cytokines. These make skin cells grow out of control and form scaly plaques. They also change levels of chemicals in your brain that affect your mood.
Even if your psoriasis symptoms are mild, you still have a higher risk. In one study, nearly 20% of people with psoriasis had some form of depression.
There are several other reasons for the link between psoriasis and depression:
Psoriasis Can Be Embarrassing
The most obvious reason psoriasis makes you feel down is what it does to your skin. The red, scaly patches can be hard to hide, especially in the summer.
People around you might treat you differently because they don't understand what psoriasis is or they think it's contagious. Surveys show that 1-in-5 people with psoriasis have faced rejection and felt unwelcome at times because of their condition.
Psoriasis is Uncomfortable
Psoriasis plaques itch, burn, crack, and bleed. Up to 42% of people with psoriasis also have the swollen, painful joints of psoriatic arthritis. Living with these uncomfortable symptoms can make you more likely to be depressed.
Yes, You Can Get Relief for Your Psoriasis
The dry patches of skin you get with psoriasis can be itchy and uncomfortable, but the right treatment plan can help. That’s because Psoriasis generally responds well to many topical and systemic treatments. Even people with severe psoriasis can get relief during flare-ups in most cases.
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