Psoriasis is a disease of highs and lows. During a flare-up, many people feel hopeless, isolated, and depressed. Even when your symptoms improve, it can feel like you are constantly on guard, worrying about when and where the next flare will strike. Psoriasis may be a heavy burden, but there are things you can do to help lighten the load.

Take Baby Steps

When itching keeps you up all night or inflammation makes it hurt to walk, even getting out of bed can feel like too much of a struggle.

“Rather than sitting in shame, accepting and honoring that recovery is a process—and that on certain days it may not be possible to get out of bed—can actually be quite freeing for those that are struggling,” says Haley Neidich, LCSW, a therapist and mental health counselor.