Newly Diagnosed with Psoriasis
Last updated: September 2022
Getting a diagnosis of psoriasis can bring up lots of different feelings, for some it can be overwhelming or scary, for others, it could feel like a relief to finally have an official diagnosis to explain the symptoms they are experiencing, others may feel frustration or anger.
You may have a lot of concerns or questions about how the condition will impact your day to day life or your future plans. You may be feeling overwhelmed or apprehensive about your treatment options.
No matter how you are feeling or what you are thinking, you are not alone. There are lots of resources and information at your fingertips to help support you through your journey with psoriasis!
4 steps you can take when newly diagnosed
- Learn the basics! Take some time to learn more about psoriasis - the different types there are, learn about the severity levels, what areas of the body it can impact and how it can be triggered.
- Understand your treatment options. It can be hard to know what might work best for you if you are unaware of what treatment options there are available for the type and severity of psoriasis you are diagnosed with. The more educated you are about your conditions, the more productive conversations you can have with your healthcare provider.
- Assemble your best healthcare team! Know that psoriasis isn't just about skin symptoms, it is an autoimmune condition that can have an impact on the whole body. Making sure you have a healthcare team that can treat all the different ways that psoriasis can affect you is important!
- Get support! Know that there are organizations out there that offer support and resources as you navigate life with psoriasis. Don't tackle the journey alone, there are others who can help you!
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