Studies have found, many living with psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin, are twice as likely to become depressed as the rest of the population. Physicians believe the biological changes that cause psoriasis may also cause depression, and the visible symptoms associated are often additional triggers for depression as well.
Depression can have a significant impact on quality of life. It’s important to look out for symptoms of depression and seek treatment if you’re dealing with psoriasis. If you have any of the following symptoms, discuss them with your doctor:
- Problems sleeping
- Feeling like you cannot get out of bed
- Low or loss of energy
- Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Problems focusing
For more information on psoriasis and depression related to the autoimmune disease, talk to your doctor.
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