Living with Psoriasis

We are a social race. It is very important for us to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. If we feel we are different to the people around us we may suffer a fear of rejection, shame, anxiety, denial and loneliness. But what kind of condition could generate such strong emotion?


Common, chronic and as yet with no cure.

Psoriasis attacks our most visible part – our skin. It is the first thing people notice when they see us. It is often what that all important first impression is based on.

The psoriatic lesions are often unsightly. A person’s emotional state can be damaged as they come to terms with this condition they must learn to live with. Many will avoid public places or cover their body in clothes to hide the lesions. Some even feel so ashamed they do not seek medical help.

This is not healthy. Psoriasis is a chronic condition. However it is important to live with it and not be ruled by it.

Emotional support is as important as physical treatment. There is some belief that a positive attitude will help to minimize the condition. Similarly stress and anxiety will cause it to worsen.

So how can you live with psoriasis?

There are some important things to remember when coming to terms with your condition and ultimately living with it in a happy quality filled life.

  • Try to avoid emotional stress and anxiety. If you are naturally an anxious person it may be helpful to seek help on how to deal with and control your anxiety.
  • Find an activity that helps you relax and take time out for it daily. It may be yoga or walking on the beach, what ever suits your life.
  • Be vigilant with your daily skin care routine..
  • Try to become involved in outdoor activities where you are exposed to the sun. This is not only beneficial for your psoriasis but also therapeutic for the mind.
  • If possible live in a warm, humid climate as this will help to control the psoriasis.
  • Be open with family and friends. Explain your condition. They are more likely to be accepting if they understand and it is much easier to cope with the condition when you have the support of family and friends.
  • Remember you are not alone. Talk to other people with psoriasis. Knowing you are not the only one often makes you feel better about your condition. People in the same boat are often the best people to get advice or ideas off on how to cope.

Mel Sinclair, RN