Psoriasis is a long-lasting, uncomfortable skin condition that is associated with stress in several ways. Not only that stress can trigger flare-up of psoriasis, but also a life with psoriasis can have a detrimental effect on the general mental health of a person.
In people with psoriasis, the immune system induces excessive production of skin cells. Such cells are manifested as red clusters (“patches”) covered with silvery scales, and can manifest in the entire body
How does stress cause psoriasis?
Psychological stress is associated with physical inflammation in the body, which can worsen conditions such as psoriasis. Doctors know that the problem with the immune system causes excessive growth of skin cells which is characteristic of psoriasis. However, the underlying causes of this immune condition are not yet known.
How to manage the trigger of psoriasis
Tai chi, yoga, meditation, massage, exercise, (…) can help relieve psychological stress and relieve symptoms of psoriasis. These are just some of the activities that help in the release of endorphins, the “happy hormone”, which reduces the feeling of stress and promotes a feeling of well-being, which should eventually reduce the physical and psychological effects of stress on the person. Avoiding smoking or drinking too much alcohol and consuming a healthy, balanced diet can also be helpful in managing stress. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to manage stress levels, despite positive lifestyle changes, and in that case should seek advice and help from experts. One study suggests that early access to psychological intervention can be an important way of managing psoriasis.
Psoriasis and mental health
Psoriasis can not only cause physical discomfort, but can also affect self-esteem. Stress can cause a worsening of psoriasis, a psychological element that affects the mental health of a person. This can lead to a vicious circle of stress and stress psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a long-term condition associated with itching and pain. From spring to fall, due to weather conditions – high temperature, psoriasis patches become visible on light summer clothing, which causes discomfort to psoriasis patients. The combined effects of physical discomfort and self-consciousness can have a significant impact on the person’s mental well-being. A study showed in 2015 that chronic stress had a significant impact on the quality of life of patients with psoriasis. It was established that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective in helping people with psoriasis who have mental health problems as a result of their condition. Understanding how to reduce psoriasis symptom triggers, such as stress, can reduce the negative effect that psoriasis may have on a person’s life.