Living with psoriasis can be tough not only for the person with the diagnosis but also for his/her family and friends. It’s a condition that affects the family, both emotionally and financially. If you are someone with a friend or family member with psoriasis, it becomes necessary for you to help them gain emotional balance.
Be involved medically
Start with the basics and learn about psoriasis – its symptoms, causes and how it can be treated. Talk with them and understand their needs. People living with psoriasis often get frustrated with treatments and give up easily. Encourage them to get treated and accompany them while they visit the doctor.
Help them relax
Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis. Reduce the stress around the household. Talk to the patient and try to lower his/her stress level. Swapping some responsibilities and allowing that person to have extra time to rest are some ways of offering support.
Support them mentally
People with psoriasis start to pull back from life and isolate themselves as it affects their mental health. Depression and psoriasis can go hand in hand. Don’t ignore any signs like persistent sadness or loss of interest in daily activities. If you see signs of depression in the patient, take it seriously. Encourage them to stay connected with family and friends.
Offering support to a friend or family member and staying by their side is important but of them all, taking care of yourself stays as the topmost priority. Remember, you don’t have to take care of them completely but help that person take care of himself/herself.