Psoriasis: Emotional Support During Treatment

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Talk to Your Psoriasis Treatment Team

If you can't manage the stress on your own, talk to your doctor. He may be able to refer you to a psychologist or counselor who can help.

If you're having serious side effects from treatment, tell your doctor immediately. Treatments can cause depression, fatigue, skin sensitivity, joint pain, and other symptoms. Your doctor may be able to help ease those unwanted side effects.

Find a Support Group

If you just found out you have psoriasis, it might help to talk to others who also have the disease. To find a support group in your area, check with the National Psoriasis Foundation, which keeps a list of active chapters. The foundation also offers mentoring, which connects people newly diagnosed with volunteers who are very familiar with the condition. Another great way to find support and information is by taking part in events such as walk-a-thons and benefits organized by the National Psoriasis Foundation or local groups in your area.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on February 10, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Treatments" and "Connect With Others."

Linda Cornish, dermatology nurse, Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center, Oakland, CA.

Julie Nelligan, PhD, health psychologist, private practice, Portland, OR.

Cornish, L. Dermatology Nursing, February 2008.

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