Psoriasis Patients Twice as Likely to Be Depressed
Researchers at the NYU School of Medicine in New York say that people who suffer from psoriasis—the autoimmune disease that mainly affects the skin—are more likely to be depressed, because of their condition.
The scientists analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), involving 12,382 adults, some of whom had plaque psoriasis. According to the results, around 16.5 percent of patients with psoriasis met the criteria for major depression, and the team calculated that individuals with the skin disease had twice the risk of depression than those without psoriasis.
The researchers say they are unable to pinpoint exactly why individuals with psoriasis are at greater risk of depression, but they hypothesizes that it may be down to stigma associated with the skin disease.
The team recommended that patients with psoriasis consult a doctor if they begin to experience any depressive symptoms and that friends and family of patients with psoriasis should watch for signs of depression and encourage treatment. It is estimated that around 7.5 million people in the U.S. have psoriasis. While it can occur in people of all ages, it most commonly develops between the ages of 15 and 25.
The study was presented at the annual meeting of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in New York.