Is depression causing Psoriasis, or is Psoriasis causing depression?
It’s no longer a secret that Psoriasis sufferers are more likely to feel reclusive and thus is more inclined towards being depressed. In fact, recent studies have indicated that seeing the dermatologist alone is inadequate in addressing Psoriasis conditions. Psychologists as well as other medical specialists need to work and in hand to help Psoriasis patients handle their condition more effectively.
However, there is another school of thought that believes that depression may also be a trigger of Psoriasis. Could this possibly be a vicious cycle of depression-psoriasis-depression? If this is true, it’s ever more critical to treat depression, as a component of a holistic treatment regime, in order to eliminate or at least control Psoriasis.
The Psychodermatology school of thought believes that there exists a strong relationship between our psychological health and skin health. In fact, this correlation seems to be in existence from the time when we were still in the womb, at the point around 5 to 8 weeks when the ectoderm is split away from the nervous system and the skin.
In fact, in 2013, the Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery published a paper by Rick Fried, suggested the effectiveness of alternative treatments for psychodermatology conditions. Amongst the proven treatments that are utilized as a supplementary to pharmacological treatments include meditation, support groups, muscle relaxation, hypnosis and cognitive therapy.
Despite this report, Fried stresses that depression is never presumed as the cause or effect in Psoriasis conditions, as the effects of Psoriasis and even other skin conditions towards mental health differs between individuals.
Nevertheless, those who have both conditions have benefited greatly from the combination of pharmacological and psychological treatments. The issue now is that there is a lack of such medical professionals who are able to provide both forms of treatments.
In another research on the psychological impact of Psoriasis on family members, it has also been found that 80% of family members of Psoriasis sufferers also experience depression and anxiousness. This study was conducted in Spain on a total of 49 individuals who had a family member suffering from psoriasis. All in all, family members also experienced a lower quality of life as compared to families who did not suffer from this condition.
In the end, the fact remains Psoriasis that affects 7 million people in the US alone may well be the cause of lower quality of life for many people. With this awareness, it’s ever more critical to provide the right medical and psychological treatment for psoriasis patients and even their families.