Psoriasis Tied to Major Depression

A team of scientists says there's a link between psoriasis and major depression, and that it doesn't seem to matter how severe the skin condition may be.

Researchers at the New York School of Medicine identified 351 cases of psoriasis and 968 cases of major depression among 12,382 study participants.  A total of 58 psoriasis patients met the diagnosis criteria of major depression.  The patient questionnaires revealed that those with psoriasis had a higher risk of depression than those without.  But further analysis suggested that the risk of major depression was the same whether the patient’s psoriasis was limited or extensive.

Additionally, 23.6 percent of psoriasis patients reported that depression symptoms caused a disruption in their daily functions, compared with 15.4 percent of patients without psoriasis.

These findings, published in JAMA Dermatology, underscore the importance of managing mental health for those living with a chronic condition.

Psoriasis affects 3 to 4 percent of the U.S. population and often leads to depression, which is associated with decreased quality of life and an increased risk of all-cause mortality.

More research is needed to determine the accuracy of the findings, as cross-sectional data doesn’t take into account which came first – the depression or the psoriasis.

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