Everything that affects our appearance exposes us to feelings of anxiety, anguish and depression. Image is extremely important in the world of today and if we come to think about it, it always was. Image is the first gateway to discovery and if it fails to be appealing to our eyes, we turn our backs from it.
According to a recent study, psoriasis, a chronic skin disorder, is linked to depression. Psoriasis is a very visible disease and psoriasis patients are extremely fearful of the public’s stigmatization of this visible disease, becoming worried about how people who are not familiar with the disease may perceive them or interact with them.
People are afraid of other people’s opinions in general, as we fail to trust ourselves entirely and this trust and confidence thing is a full time job, taking up a lifetime’s space for many of us. The game becomes even more difficult the more so we become affected by certain diseases which harm our image to a large extent. Depression comes as a result of the feeling of failure and maladjustment.
Scientists have embarked on a study in order to conclude how psoriasis affects the general state of mental health in patients. For the research, experts have collected and analyzed data from more than 12.000 adult patients who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
As results suggest, nearly 16.5% of the psoriasis patients studied were exposed to developing depression on a major level. Moreover, the odds of having major depression were doubled among individuals who had recently developed the affection.
It is important to note that even though the study highlights an association between depression and psoriasis, researchers were far from the idea of highlighting a cause and effect relationship. Furthermore, researchers need to perform a more insightful investigation in order to better analyze the nature of that very connection and the science behind it.
As further analysis highlights, genetic or biologic factors could play an important role in the link between psoriasis and depression, which requires more research. Most importantly, all individuals with psoriasis should benefit from screening for depression while members of the family should become aware of the delicate connection as well.
Findings, details and more insightful information on the study was presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2015 Summer Academy Meeting in NY.
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