Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can recur at any time. Visible plaques on the skin can be painful and a source of stigma. The condition can also affect joints.

Psoriasis may affect people’s self-esteem and self-image. The condition can link with feelings such as:

  • anxiety
  • shame
  • sadness
  • worry

People with psoriasis may also experience depression and anxiety at higher rates than people who do not have the condition, particularly in more severe cases.

The symptoms of psoriasis may affect people’s relationships and how people carry out their jobs. Finding ways to identify mental health stress and manage feelings that arise alongside the condition is an important part of a care plan.

This mental health check-in can help start that process by providing a look at how well someone copes.