Finding Relief from Depression

The link between psoriasis and depression is firmly established—but not unbreakable.

While it's true that doctors, patients and caregivers are often alert to the signs of depression, they may not be watching for the type of long-term symptoms that psoriasis patients experience.

Psoriasis patients whose "low moods" linger for a long time may not receive the type of care they need. And this could lead to long-term health consequences.

Are you depressed?

If you suspect that you are depressed–or if it's affecting someone with psoriasis that you love—ask these questions:

Over the past two weeks, have you been bothered by any of the following problems:

  • Little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • Feeling down, depressed or hopeless

If your answer to both questions is yes, get a referral for a depression evaluation by a mental health professional.

Many roads to relief

Oddly enough, finding out that you are struggling with depression can actually be beneficial. Why? Today, doctors and therapists offer many effective treatments. They include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Exercise
  • Antidepressant medications

But remember: The sooner you get diagnosed, the sooner you can start treatment. You'll get back to feeling more like yourself, too—sooner than you might have otherwise.

Rise above the funk

Working with doctors and getting support can enable you to turn your life around and rise above a crushing funk.

Psoriasis patients need to become aware of their depression risks—and let their dermatologist know how they are feeling.

Published August 2011

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