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Psoriasis can affect your mental health

Psoriasis can affect your mental healthThe risk of depression is twice as high for people living with psoriasis, compared to the general population.

American scientists conducted an analysis of a national database and discovered that 16.5% of those with psoriasis had major depression, while those with no history of psoriasis had only an 8.9% risk. Psoriasis was also linked to poorer cardiovascular health, which boosts depression risk even further. Yet while there is an association between depression and psoriasis, researchers were unable to conclude whether one causes the other – more research needs to be done.

People with skin conditions like psoriasis can suffer from anxiety, embarrassment, low self-esteem and substance abuse.

Helpful tactics include: exercising regularly, eating healthy, practicing gratitude, avoiding alcohol and substance abuse and -- this is key -- closely following treatment plans for both depression and psoriasis. Clearing up psoriasis symptoms may help ease depression.

Via: Sharecar
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