Psoriasis 'can have a deep psychological impact'

The psychological and emotional impact caused by psoriasis can be significant and should not be underestimated, it has been claimed.

Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist Dr Linda Papadopoulos stated health professionals need to alter the way in which people who suffer from the condition are cared for.

The expert noted individuals with the ailment often feel a sense of helplessness as their body is doing something that they have no control over.

She explained: "Lack of control is a big thing with any illness, but when it comes to conditions that everyone can see, that requires a whole new set of skills psychologically."

Addressing this problem is not to do with treating illness, rather it is in regards to helping people on an emotional level, Dr Papadopoulos added.

Around two per cent of the population are affected by psoriasis - a chronic, inflammatory disease - which equates to around 1.2 million people throughout Britain.