Why Acceptance Is Key for Life with Psoriasis
Getting a diagnosis of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis can be a relief for many people—you finally know the cause of your symptoms and can begin to explore treatment options. But for others, it can be an overwhelming experience, and one that’s difficult to accept.
But finding acceptance may be more important than you realize. In studies, people with psoriasis have said they believe they’d have been better off if they were able to accept their condition sooner. Plus, acceptance of psoriasis has been associated with overall higher life satisfaction and lower rates of depressive symptoms. So, what exactly is acceptance, and how can you achieve it?
All chronic illnesses affect people both physically and mentally, explains psychiatrist and author Gayani DeSilva, M.D. While psoriatic disease is primarily a physical condition, affecting the skin and/or the joints and ligaments, it’s still a whole-body illness. A study published in Archives of Dermatology found that people with psoriasis have a 39 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with depression—this is just one of many statistics demonstrating a connection between psoriasis and mental health.