Each year millions of adults are impacted by mental health issues. This could be a personal experience living with a mental or emotional health condition or being impacted by a friend or family member who is struggling with a mental health diagnosis. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we hope to hear from our community members about the ways you cope, manage and find support to stay emotionally healthy.
We’ve rounded up three reminders in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month to remind us all to care for ourselves and work towards maintaining emotional well-being.
Stress can be a cyclical trigger. Stress in one’s life can cause psoriatic symptoms to worsen. In turn, the flare can cause worsening of emotional concerns. You may not be able to eliminate all stress from day to day life, being able to find techniques that will allow you to handle stressful situations and balance life’s ups and downs may help.
Managing your condition and keeping an open line of communication with your medical team is important. Keeping in contact with your doctor or specialist is important so your team can adjust your treatment plan based on your feedback. Treatments may have side effects and sharing how treatments are affecting you is important- your team won’t know how you are feeling or how a treatment is affecting you, unless you communicate that to them. Feeling depressed or socially isolated may make attending needed appointments hard, staying in touch with the team who is treating your psoriasis can be an important aspect of staying healthy both physically and emotionally.
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