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Psoriasis link to depression

If you suffer from psoriasis, no matter how severe, you could be at risk of depression. A study presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting in New York 2015 has made a connection between the skin disease and mental illness.

The researchers used data from over 12,000 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Three percent of the participants had psoriasis and 8% had major depression. Of those with psoriasis, 16.5% had symptoms of major depression.

Psoriasis is a skin disease that can take its toll on both your self-esteem and your quality of life. As well as having to live with discomfort and itching sufferers are often worried about what other people might think of them. The scientists that carried out this study recommend those who are struggling with psoriasis seek help to manage their condition.

References: Research links psoriasis, depression