The Emotional Toll of Psoriasis
Psoriasis can make you itchy and uncomfortable. Treating it can be annoying and time-consuming. But some of the worst effects of psoriasis are emotional. You may feel like your psoriasis gets in the way of your relationships. It can make people treat you strangely.
Depending on where it is on your body, psoriasis can be an embarrassing disease. People around you may not understand your condition and be frightened by it. Even your good friends may refuse your offers to help them out in the kitchen by chopping vegetables. You may find that you don’t get invited to beach parties anymore. You may feel like some people avoid you.
“Unfortunately, people’s ignorance of this disease is hard to overcome,” says Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic ArthritisCenter at New York University. “It happens all the time that people with psoriasis won’t be allowed in a swimming pool, or that others will move away from them on a crowded train. It’s a shame.”