Coping with psoriasis? Talking to others can offer relief

Getting psoriasis support from a partner

Getting support from your partner

Getting support from your partner is not only important to help maintain your quality of life, but could also affect the course of your psoriasis. Stress can trigger a flare-up or prevent psoriasis from clearing up. It's important to keep the channels of communication open with your partner so they can fully understand your needs and prevent you from feeling anxious about any misunderstandings. Communicating effectively will increase the likelihood of your psoriasis improving.

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

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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. It's also worth remembering that they are also likely to feel distressed if you are suffering, even though they may not always know how to show it or how best to support you.

Help them to help you by always being as honest as possible about how you feel and what exactly you need them to do to help you feel better and more in control of your condition. Listen to their concerns too, to make sure misunderstandings do not escalate.

Everybody is different, 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 help you apply your moisturiser and treatment in hard-to-reach areas.

Let 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, having support and understanding from your partner can be very helpful in managing your condition effectively. It might even make your partner feel more useful and better about themselves if they know how they can make a difference to you and offer you the practical and emotional support you need.

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

UK/IE 2013b/00074, Date of prep: April 2015

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