Why it’s important to stay connectedResearchers have found that people with psoriasis are at a greater risk of developing anxiety or depression. 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 connectedIf this sounds familiar, it is important to consider that loneliness can also affect stress levels and sleep, which can make your symptoms worse. If you feel embarrassed about your psoriasis, you are more likely to try to keep it secret, which can be emotionally tiring.
Try to stay positive and keep communicating with those closest to you. By being open, and taking the time to explain your condition, you will put loved ones in a better position to offer the support you need. Though it may feel challenging, if you let people in, they will be able to understand what you are going through and be able to offer help and support.
If you have been feeling persistently sad, hopeless, tearful or anxious for more than a few days, you should speak to your doctor. In addition, patient support organisations may be another source of information that may help you.
UK/IE 2013b/00075, Date of prep: April 2015