Why People with Psoriasis Are at Higher Risk of Depression
Much more than just a skin condition, psoriasis can cause feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, and shame that can be overwhelming, at times. Sometimes, people also find themselves with symptoms of a serious mental illness: depression.
Several studies have found that people with psoriasis have a higher risk of depression than people who don’t have the chronic autoimmune disorder—and that applies even if psoriasis symptoms are mild. In fact, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, people with psoriasis are twice as likely to become depressed as the rest of the population.
A population-based cohort study in the U.K., published in Archives of Dermatology, looked at data collected as part of patients’ electronic medical records from 1987 to 2002. Researchers concluded that people with psoriasis have a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.