Coping With the Emotional Toll of Psoriasis
Psoriasis can be a distressing disease—and the distress is often compounded by the timing. Psoriasis usually starts between ages 15 and 35, a time when people are especially concerned about how they look. For many, the change in outward appearance leads to some inner emotional turmoil. For a few, it may trigger more severe depression or anxiety.
The numbers tell the story. About 4,700 people responded to a National Psoriasis Foundation survey that asked about their emotional well being. More than two-thirds said the disease made them feel self-conscious, embarrassed, angry, frustrated, or helpless.
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