6 Ways to Cope With the Stigma of Psoriasis
A. L. Tudor Oct 4, 2012 (updated Nov 9, 2013)
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It can be easy to let people's comments or curiosity get you down, but there are ways to protect yourself from self consciousness brought on by the stigma of psoriasis.
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Perspective is everything
Conventional wisdom admits that attitude is important. With psoriasis, your feelings and challenges are sure to change over time, and depending on how you feel. Try to find activities you enjoy, since keeping your spirits up can help you see your health challenges as just a part of the adventure that is your life.
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Having a network of supportive family, friends, and others can buoy you against life's more difficult aspects. If you don't have the support you need, there are psoriasis support groups that meet in person and online.
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Talk it out
Talk therapy helps people develop a better understanding about themselves and the world around them. It can be helpful to talk to an impartial counselor about what your psoriasis means to you, and how it affects your life. Therapy is often covered under insurance, as well.
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Build a foundation of healthy habits
Many things affect psoriasis flares, but having a base of good health habits is always useful to your physical and mental well-being. Exercise, particularly, has been linked to improved body image, and that can help you feel less self-conscious.
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Know what bothers you
Try to figure out what parts of psoriasis make you the most self conscious. Do you hate it when people stare, or is it comments or questions that make you uncomfortable? Finding what affects you most can help you be prepared to address the situations when they arise.
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Educating yourself, then educating others, is a great way to break down the stigma of psoriasis. At the very least, its easier to deal with people's comments or questions when you understand how to answer them.