Psoriasis and Stress

There is little doubt that there is often at least some link between stress and psoriasis. However the situation is not always clear or easily understood.

The onset of psoriasis may follow a period of high stress and be apparently (or actually) part of the response to that stress.

But the appearance of psoriasis can then itself cause stress, setting off a circular pattern where stress and psoriasis both feed off and cause or exacerbate each other.

The most common causes of psoriasis-originated stress are self-consciousness caused by distress at the appearance of the condition and the knowledge that there is only alleviation but no known cure. So, even when periods of apparent freedom arrive, the fear of it coming back remains. This itself causes stress, which can lead to a new outbreak and the knowledge of the ongoing cost involved in treating it. There are, of course, other stresses that the condition causes as anyone with psoriasis will know, but these three are amongst the foremost.

Clearly a successful reduction in stress is likely to lead to a lessening of the severity and/or frequency of outbreaks. So it is a good idea to look into ways of reducing stress - preferably using methods you can apply without external assistance, as then you are in control at all times. Methods that can help include relaxing in a long, warm (not hot)baths, meditation, yoga and self-hypnosis. It really is worth looking into these, or other relaxation techniques, to find what suits you best and then following that route - since what you like best will be the best way to de-stress.



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