Psoriasis: Emotional Support During Treatment
Treating your psoriasis may include medicated lotions, phototherapy (or light) treatments, the newest medications (called biologicals), or injections. It can be time-consuming and stressful. While having treatment, it’s important to have a strong network of people around you for emotional support.
Rely on Family
You're most likely to get emotional support from close family members -- a parent, a spouse, or a sibling. Most people can count on loved ones to understand and offer practical help. But don't take their support for granted, as it doesn’t come easily to everyone.
- Make sure they understand what the treatments involve and why they are so important.
- Ask for practical help, such as a ride to the clinic or someone to keep you company, when you need it.
- Remember that psoriasis can be stressful for those around you. Tell your loved ones how much their support matters to you.
Lean on Close Friends
Close friends can be another source of help. Since most people know very little about psoriasis, it's important to help your friends understand the disease and its treatment. Many are even afraid they may catch it.
- Reassure your friends that they can’t get psoriasis from you. Explain that unlike many diseases, there’s no cure for psoriasis. It's a disease that you’ll have for the rest of your life.
- If you're having a new treatment, tell your close friends what it involves and what the side effects might be. Ask for practical help if you need it.
And don't be afraid to say how you feel. That's what close friends are for, after all.
Be Up Front at Work
You may have to take time off from work for psoriasis treatments or the side effects of treatments.
- Talk to your supervisor and any co-workers who need to know. The more they understand about psoriasis and the treatments you receive, the more supportive they are likely to be.
- Do your part to make sure it’s not disruptive when you have to miss work. If you have to be away for part or all of a day, plan well in advance. Get caught up on work before you have to take a day off. Find people to cover for you, if that's appropriate.
- If you don't get the support and help you need, make an appointment to see a human resources counselor.