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How can psoriasis make someone feel?

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Psoriasis is more than just a skin condition. The red, scaly patches on your skin can make you feel embarrassed, anxious, and depressed. And the same processes in your body that form plaques also can change the levels of brain chemicals that affect your mood. If you feel down day after day, talk to your doctor. There are ways to treat both depression and psoriasis that can help clear up your skin and boost your mood.

SOURCES:

American Council on Science and Health: "Psoriasis Causes Depression, And Here's Why."

Archives of Dermatology : "The risk of depression, anxiety and suicidality in patients with psoriasis: A population-based cohort study."

Arthritis Foundation: "How Common is Psoriatic Arthritis in People with Psoriasis?"

British Journal of Dermatology : "A cognitive-behavioural symptom management programme as an adjunct in psoriasis therapy."

Cytokine : "Cytokines in psoriasis."

Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy: "Impact and management of depression in psoriasis patients."

JAMA Dermatology : "Psoriasis and the risk of depression in the US Population: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2012."

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : "Effect of biologics on depressive symptoms in patients with psoriasis: a systematic review."

Mayo Clinic: "Depression (major depressive disorder): Symptoms."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Mind and Body Therapies," "The link between psoriatic disease and mental illness."

Neuroscience : "Inflammatory cytokines in depression: Neurobiological mechanisms and therapeutic implications."

News release, American Academy of Dermatology, August 2015.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology : "The psychological burden of skin diseases: A cross-sectional multicenter study among dermatological out-patients in 13 European countries."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Council on Science and Health: "Psoriasis Causes Depression, And Here's Why."

Archives of Dermatology : "The risk of depression, anxiety and suicidality in patients with psoriasis: A population-based cohort study."

Arthritis Foundation: "How Common is Psoriatic Arthritis in People with Psoriasis?"

British Journal of Dermatology : "A cognitive-behavioural symptom management programme as an adjunct in psoriasis therapy."

Cytokine : "Cytokines in psoriasis."

Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy: "Impact and management of depression in psoriasis patients."

JAMA Dermatology : "Psoriasis and the risk of depression in the US Population: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2012."

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : "Effect of biologics on depressive symptoms in patients with psoriasis: a systematic review."

Mayo Clinic: "Depression (major depressive disorder): Symptoms."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Mind and Body Therapies," "The link between psoriatic disease and mental illness."

Neuroscience : "Inflammatory cytokines in depression: Neurobiological mechanisms and therapeutic implications."

News release, American Academy of Dermatology, August 2015.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology : "The psychological burden of skin diseases: A cross-sectional multicenter study among dermatological out-patients in 13 European countries."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 3, 2019

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