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Alisha Bridges

Patient Expert

Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis.

Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled “My Suicide Letter.” The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis.

Alisha is a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what’s it’s like to live with psoriasis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.”

Alisha is also a Social Ambassador for the Psoriasis HealthCentral Facebook page.

Latest by Alisha Bridges

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Treatment

The Perils of Inconsistent Psoriasis Treatment

Many people find it hard to maintain a psoriasis treatment plan. Here are some common roadblocks.

Cyndi Lauper.
Living With

Celebrities Talking Psoriasis: Do They Raise Awareness or Reinforce Stigma?

Patient Advocate Alisha Bridges appreciates hearing about psoriatic disease on a bigger stage — but is it enough to help viewers truly relate?

Woman grocery shopping.

Tips for a Gluten-free Diet With Psoriasis

For some, a gluten-free diet may be the key to living healthier and reducing psoriasus inflammation. Here's what I learned from going gluten-free.

Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner of 'Ozark' speak onstage during Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
Profile

Psoriasis in the Media: Is It Accurate?

Is psoriasis accurately portrayed in the media? Alisha Bridges reviews popular shows and people featuring psoriasis including 'Ozark,' 'Family Guy,' and Kim Kardashian.

Doctor talking to patient about clinical trials.
Patient Narrative

Why Minorities Don't Participate in Psoriasis Studies

Persons of color have unique psoriasis needs. If they are not accessed in clinical trials, then we will continue to be at the short end of finding a successful treatment for our diseases. Learn more.

Woman playing ball with a puppy in the park.
Alternative Treatment

5 Health Advantages of Owning a Pet When Living With Psoriasis

Psoriasis and pets? You’d think they were enemies. But our furry friends actually offer many health advantages for those who live with psoriasis. Here are five.

Self-conscious teen girl at school.
Living With

Psoriasis: On Finding Your Voice and Communicating Your Needs

Dermatologists and others may look at your flaky skin and craft a story of psoriasis for you. Here’s how to articulate find your voice and articulate your needs.

Psoriasis terms.
Myths

9 Stupid Things People Say About Psoriasis

No matter if it’s said out of love or rudeness, many comments about psoriasis are just plain stupid and inaccurate. Here are some favorites followed by facts.

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Psoriasis

3 Reasons Why You Need to Treat Your Psoriasis

It’s not about being rid of flaky psoriasis patches. Treating psoriasis is about averting significant health risks, including joint damage and heart disease.

Share your story online, via social meeting, through written word.
Living With

4 Reasons and 4 Ways to Share Your Story of Living With Psoriasis

If you have psoriasis, sharing your story may be difficult. Learn these tips for inspiring others, raising awareness and expressing yourself with psoriasis.