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Psoriasis: 7 Ways I Show My Depression Without Saying It

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Woman hiding behind a sweater.
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Distressed man looking at his phone.
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Facing fear


Depressed woman.
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When it’s too much to handle


Person covering their face with hair.
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1. I cover up


Doughnut pool float.
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2. I avoid the pool


Colorful envelopes.
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3. I decline invitations


Woman shopping for clothes.
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4. I avoid shopping


Scared woman peeking through the blinds.
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5. I become paranoid


Spa products.
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6. I avoid the spa


Sunset at the beach.
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7. I complain about summer


Alisha Bridges

Alisha Bridges

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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.