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.
WHAT IS PSORIASIS
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.
There are 5 main types of psoriasis
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
Do not 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 you want to be. People who have psoriasis have normal lives.
IMPORTANT PRACTICAL TIPS ON REBOUNDING YOUR SELF-ESTEEM AND DEALING WITH PSORIASIS
1.The more people know about and understand psoriasis, the better and easier it will be for you. Be willing to discuss your psoriasis with others, to the point that you are still comfortable.
2. Real friends will want to know about you and will want to help. They won’t be put off by psoriasis.
3.There is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. You didn’t do anything wrong. Skin disease has no meaning other than what it is, even if other people attribute odd things to it .It is natural to feel anxious, angry and depressed. Friends can help.
4.People around you can be very supportive. You can help your friends support you by letting them know that psoriasis is not contagious and that it’s the result of skin cells rapidly reproducing.
5. With God, there is hope, help, and healing to be found. When you have the most important relationship you will ever have in tact, everything else will be trivial.