Living Well with Psoriatic Arthritis
Due to the outward effects of psoriatic arthritis, the condition can greatly affect a person's emotional and psychological well-being. People with psoriatic arthritis may experience feelings of helplessness and frustration.
The physical and emotional effects of psoriatic arthritis may reduce an affected individual's overall quality of life. For example, some people with psoriatic arthritis may have trouble with daily activities including using their hands, standing for long periods of time and walking. Psoriatic arthritis may also limit job performance, social interactions and intimacy.
As a person living with psoriatic arthritis, it's important to pay attention to the impact of your disease—physical and emotional, and skin and joints—as well as various means to address them.
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The Arthritis Foundation offers exercise programs and self-help manuals. Call 800.568.4045 or visit www.arthritis.org. Information on local programs can be obtained by contacting a local Arthritis Foundation chapter.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Small Step program offers practical tips on leading a healthier life. Visit www.smallstep.gov.