Psoriasis and depression. Depression is often defined as the main disorder that goes with psoriasis. People with psoriasis, in fact, are twice more likely to be depressed than the rest of the population. Depression is not a secondary problem, and it is not necessarily related to the actual severity of the illness.
Psoriasis and depression, a vicious circle
Depression is often defined as the main disorder that goes with psoriasis. People with psoriasis, in fact, are twice more likely to be depressed than the rest of the population. Psoriasis sensitively alters the appearance of the skin and its functions as well. It can cause severe aesthetic and psychological damage, such as depression and anxiety, especially when the skin manifestations are extensive, have inflammation and / or affect visible areas of the body such as the face, neck and hands at any seasons, or arms, legs and feet in the warmer months.
Depression is not a secondary problem, and it is not necessarily related to the actual severity of the illness, but rather to self-perception and self-image that a person wants to transmit to others. It also has to do with the relationship that has developed with the outside world, with the environment in which we live, with the importance of the aesthetic aspect, from the subjective point of view, in social and professional relations. Actually, psoriasis seems to affect many aspects of everyday life, from the selection of clothing to sports, work and school activities and emotions. According to some doctors, the biological changes caused by psoriasis are the same that can lead to depression. Finally, the stigma that are attached to the visible signs of psoriasis on the skin, is capable of making people feel depressed.
In short, besides the skin damage, people with psoriasis also have to deal with the lesions long term physical damages as from the psychological and social point of view. For this reason, when we feel stressed by the symptoms of the disease, it gets worse. When this happens, even mental health can be affected: a harmful vicious cycle begins.
In addition, according to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology by researchers at the University of Calgary (Canada), patients with psoriasis who have also developed a form of depression may have a risk of developing psoriatic arthritis greater than 35%, an event which usually affects between 20-25% of people with psoriasis...
A number of symptoms to keep in mind are listed below, if persist, it is highly recommended to see a doctor:
• Sleep disorders and problems
• Sensation of being unable to get out of bed
• Warning of a constant loss of energy
• Lack of interest in things that we have been passionate about
• Lack of ability to concentrate
It is, of course, to pay attention to the symptoms that must then be discussed with the doctor so that he/she can advise us the right way to deal with it.
When symptoms of depression take the lead, compromising quality of life, it may be helpful to visit a professional to help us to resolve the conflicts that negative emotions of psoriasis bring. If you get tired of dealing with your psoriasis, or realize that the depressive state is due to other causes, you have to consider seeing a psychologist.
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