Benefits of Psoriasis Support Groups

Psoriasis is an unpredictable condition that can flare up at any time. It can be triggered by stress and has a strong association with anxiety and depression, and the thick, scaly patches of psoriasis can be a source of discomfort and embarrassment.

Psoriasis is also a life-long condition. For all these reasons, psychological and emotional support is very important if you have psoriasis.

"The association between psoriasis, stress, anxiety, and depression is well established," says Francisco Tausk, MD, a dermatologist at the Psoriasis Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. "In a well-known study done at the University of Massachusetts, patients who combined ultraviolet light treatment with mindfulness meditation were able to clear their psoriasis symptoms in half the time, so we know that there is strong psychological component to this disease."

"The effect of psoriasis on people's appearance and emotional well-being can be very difficult," adds Dr. Tausk. "Support groups for people with psoriasis can be very helpful."

How to Find a Psoriasis Support Group

Support groups for psoriasis meet both online and in person. You can ask your doctor if there are any psoriasis support groups locally. In-person support groups may get together at a hospital or a community center. Other resources for finding a group are:

Psoriasis is a disease that can affect you both physically and emotionally. A psoriasis support group can provide you with an opportunity to learn coping skills, share information, and voice common concerns with people who understand your situation. Living with psoriasis can be a challenge, but you don't have to face the challenge alone.

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