August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. A time when we do our best to help educate and dispell myths surrounding the chronic skin condition.
Psoriasis sufferers are among 7.5 million people in the U.S. (according to the American Academy of Dermatology) who deal with the painful and often embarrassing condition chronically. Psoriasis is caused by rapid skin cell growth on the skin’s surface, which results in the appearance of thick red, itchy, dry patches or silvery scales that surprisingly, can also increase your risk of these dangerous health issues…
Understandably, almost any sufferer of a chronic health condition is at increased risk of depression. However, this 2015 New York University (NYU) study found that psoriasis sufferers are 16.5-percent likely to also suffer from depression.
Medical professionals suggest the result is a “chicken or egg effect” where dealing with the stigma of psoriasis can cause depression and vice versa, meaning some doctors believe genetics may make patients predisposed to both depression and psoriasis. This is exactly why communicating with your doctor and taking medication as prescribed to ward off outbreaks are vital to your physical and mental health, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.