When you are ready, talk to those who you are close to about your psoriatic disease and how they can support you.
Talking with Others
Take the time to educate people in your life on what psoriatic disease is and how it affects you. You may be the first person they know who has psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Remind them that psoriatic disease is not contagious and that they do not have to worry about “catching” it.
You may need different amounts of support at different times. Reach out to your support system when you need help. Ask for what you need whether that is a listening ear, a kind word or company at your next medical appointment. Most people in your support system want to help and will try their best to support you.
It may help to talk with someone who also lives with psoriatic disease. They may know the embarrassment you feel, the struggle to find the right treatment or the relief when you feel when your disease is managed well.
Dating and Intimacy
When you are ready, share with your partner how psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis may impact your confidence, body image and feelings about intimacy.