EMOTIONAL SETBACKS - Psoriasis and Self Esteem
Psoriasis can be difficult emotionally and physically, and have a big effect on your self esteem, but it doesn't have to get the best of you. It's not uncommon to experience a sense of shock, frustration, confusion, and anger about what's happening to your skin. Having these feelings may lead to deep sadness or depression.
One of the hardest things about living with psoriasis is that you encounter cycles of strong emotions, usually when the psoriasis goes into remission or reappears. The disease is unpredictable, and the emotions it triggers may reoccur. Common triggers are embarrassment, anger and guilt. You may be afraid that your psoriasis returning or getting worse, or being rejected by others. It is important to respect your feelings as they occur and to learn to face them, so they do not make you a prisoner of your emotions and put your life on standstill.
Some people show little emotion over having psoriasis, while others react intensely and this doesn’t depend on the extent of the case. Emotional responses are never the same. Getting beyond these emotional setbacks is possible, but it may take sometime to achieve. Therapy, support groups, and treatment are all possible options but most importantly you must understand that Psoriasis is not a death sentence, but an just an issue like any other, to be dealt with.
Psoriasis [pronounced sore-EYE-ah-sis] is a noncontiguous, chronic skin disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.The most common form, plaque [plak] psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.
Plaque:Most common form of the disease
Guttate: Appears as small red spots on the skin
Inverse: Occurs in armpits, groin and skin folds
Pustular: White blisters surrounded by red skin
Erythrodermic: Intense redness over large area
Don’t worry about the future. Your skin doesn't have to be the deciding factor in life's important decisions, like your choice of work, whether to attend college, responsibilities for being on your own and the kind of person
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