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What are the pyschological side effects of psoriasis?

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Psoriasis can make you feel isolated and excluded, and that can have serious psychological effects. When it's combined with the chronic discomfort that psoriasis can cause, your emotions can be difficult to handle. Dealing with psoriasis can create stress, and stress can make psoriasis get worse. There's even some evidence that worrying about your psoriasis may make treatment less effective. This can become a vicious cycle. You can find support from family, friends and psoriasis organizations. 

From: Managing the Emotions of Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 19, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 2/19/2019

SOURCES: Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD,  associate director of Dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc., and 3-M. Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases web site. American Academy of Dermatology web site. WebMD Medical Reference with Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet web site. National Psoriasis Foundation web site. Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis," ACP Medicine, April, 2005.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 19, 2019

SOURCES: Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD,  associate director of Dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc., and 3-M. Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases web site. American Academy of Dermatology web site. WebMD Medical Reference with Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet web site. National Psoriasis Foundation web site. Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis," ACP Medicine, April, 2005.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 19, 2019

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