Feeling self-conscious and embarrassed?Living with psoriasis can have a big impact on your quality of life and it is perfectly normal to feel embarrassed and self-conscious about it at times.
While feeling self-conscious about your psoriasis is completely normal, it is important to manage these feelings so that they don't get in the way of your treatment or quality of life.
Constantly worrying about how your skin looks can take its toll on you emotionally and affect your confidence. In fact, in a survey, 65% of people with psoriasis said that it made their appearance 'unsightly' and 63% revealed that their psoriasis negatively affects their overall emotional well-being. Feeling low and embarrassed about your condition can have a devastating effect on your quality of life and hold you back from achieving your goals at work, as well as having a detrimental effect on your social life and relationships.
Self-confidence is importantSometimes it may seem that the easier option, when you are feeling down about your skin and how it looks, is to simply stop going out and meeting people. However, while avoiding nerve-wracking situations may seem like a good idea and help you feel better in the short term, it prevents you from becoming more comfortable in social situations and makes socialising even more difficult.
Fortunately, there are many ways to help you manage these feelings so that you get the most out of your treatment, feel confident and in control of your life and relationships. Contact your doctor as a first port of call to discuss how your psoriasis is affecting your quality of life and they should have plenty of advice about how to stay positive and help you get out and about with confidence.
UK/IE 2013b/00074, Date of prep: April 2015