Psoriasis sufferers need more support

Psoriasis sufferers are not getting enough psychological support according to a new campaign.
The campaign, jointly led by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations and the Psoriasis Association of Ireland, hopes to raise awareness of the psychological effects of the condition. This follows studies which have shown that the condition has a debilitating psychological effect on sufferers.

Dr Kate Russo, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist from Queens University Belfast, explained that psychosocial care was vital in managing the condition. She said:

“It is easy to think of it on the surface as it is just a skin condition, but it has huge effect on how you see yourself as a person and how you relate to other people. It can cause people to be isolated from each other.”

Earlier this year Dr Linda Papadopoulos, a Chartered Psychologist, also highlighted the psychological and emotional impact of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a common skin condition which affects 2-3% of the population of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is caused when the growth cycle of skin cells speeds up, resulting in an accumulation of skin cells on the surface of the skin. Psoriasis can be brought on by stress and is often exacerbated by it.

Psoriasis Awareness Week 2011 takes place from 1 until 7 November. For more details visit the Psoriasis Association website.