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What are some signs someone with psoriasis is depressed?

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Feeling blue once in a while doesn't mean you're depressed. But you might be depressed if you:

If you've had thoughts of death or suicide, get medical help right away.

  • Feel hopeless, worthless, empty, angry, or irritable
  • Sleep more than usual or have trouble sleeping
  • Have lost interest in activities you once loved, including sex, sports, and hobbies
  • Have no appetite or feel hungrier than usual
  • Have no energy
  • Can't concentrate or pay attention
  • Have trouble going to work or school

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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