You’re in control
Psoriasis is a medical condition that you have – it does not define who you are. A number of different healthcare professionals may be involved in your care, but the most important person is you. There are many different things you can do to help manage your psoriasis and make your life better.
Learning you have psoriasis can raise a lot of questions about how it will affect your life. A diagnosis means you can receive treatment, so you can expect to see some improvements in your symptoms, which may also improve other aspects of your life.
Letting your doctor know how psoriasis affects your day-to-day life is the best way to ensure your treatment best targets the things that bother you. It's also important to discuss with your doctor if you experience any unwanted side effects from your psoriasis treatment. Treatment is only effective if administered correctly, so if you have trouble applying creams or lotions, or don’t have the time to attend three-times weekly phototherapy sessions, let your doctor know.
Learning you have psoriasis can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride for your emotions. You may feel upset or angry that you have a chronic illness, but at the same time relieved and hopeful because now you can do something about it.
Psoriasis can affect how you feel – embarrassed, anxious – and your emotions may also have an effect on your symptoms. Managing your emotions is an integral part of your overall psoriasis management, and you should regularly discuss them with your GP or another healthcare professional.
Be an active participant in decisions about your management, this may give you a sense of control that has been lacking.
Get some support
It’s OK to ask for help!
From your doctors and other healthcare workers, from your family and friends, and from other people living with psoriasis. Consider joining a psoriasis support group – either in your local area, or online.
Communicating with other people living with psoriasis means you have access to a wealth of information you may have trouble finding by yourself and you are spending time with people who really understand your struggles.