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Is there a link between plaque psoriasis and depression?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine

Most chronic health conditions have an emotional impact on the individual, and psoriasis is no different. This auto-immune disease can cause considerable emotional stress for people, which includes the chance of mood disorders such as depression and lower self-confidence and self-esteem. The emotional impact of psoriasis is so great that one study claims about 24 percent of individuals with psoriasis have depression.

Depression is a very serious mood disorder and can impact a person's quality of life. Also, depression is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Getting a medical diagnosis and effective treatment for depression with psoriasis is vital to reclaiming your life.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Managing a chronic disease can be as draining and stressful as having a newborn around. So it’s no surprise that individuals who suffer from plaque psoriasis also are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and mood disorders, including depression. Although not everyone who has plaque psoriasis suffers from depression, almost a quarter of people who have plaque psoriasis do. So if you are feeling down or have been for a while, talk to your doctor. Treating both the plaque psoriasis and depression can help you regain quality of life.


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