How to Care for Your Mental Health While Living with Psoriasis

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
May 10, 2021

As if skin lesions and joint stiffness weren’t enough to deal with, psoriatic disease tends to affect people in multiple ways—and they’re not all physical. People with psoriasis often struggle with their mental health, too.

In fact, in a recent survey, our psoriasis community members were asked how much psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis impact their mental health. Nine percent of respondents said ‘extremely,’ 34 percent said ‘very much,’ and 34 percent said ‘somewhat.’ Only 4 percent said their psoriatic disease didn’t impact their mental health at all.

And the level of impact is likely to be clinical. “Up to 84 percent of patients with psoriasis have a coexisting psychiatric diagnosis,” says Alia Ahmed, M.D., a psycho-dermatologist practicing in London, England.

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