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What is the psychological cost of psoriasis?

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Psoriasis can make you feel deeply isolated and excluded, and that can have serious psychological costs. When it's combined with the chronic discomfort that psoriasis can cause, your emotions can be difficult to handle. Coping 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.

Studies have shown that psoriasis detracts more from quality of life than any other condition except depression -- and that's including life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

A 2009 National Psoriasis Foundation survey found that 63% of respondents said their condition affected their emotional well-being. Obviously, psoriasis is much more than just a skin condition.

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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