Psoriasis reduces happiness

People with psoriasis are 24 percent less happy than the average Brit, says a digital study of 1,400 people with the skin condition.

The PsoHappy study, carried out by the Happiness Research Institute and LEO Innovation Lab, also suggests half of people with psoriasis have low self-esteem while four out of 10 say they rarely feel confident. Not only that, but the research claims people with psoriasis are more likely to be unhappy if their skin condition affects exposed parts of the body such as the face, hands or feet.

The study is thought to be the first to concentrate on happiness, rather than quality of life.

“This important research is the first of its kind in the world, and we now have documentary evidence of the impact that living with a chronic skin disease has on people’s lives,” says John Zibert, chief medical officer at LEO Innovation Lab.

“It shows that those living with psoriasis are not only physically affected by the disease, but also the psychological effect can be important. People with psoriasis see a decrease in their quality of life relating to decreased happiness, and are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.”

According to the Global Report on Psoriasis by the World Health Organisation, psoriasis is a serious global problem with at least 100 million individuals affected worldwide. Here in the UK, it’s thought that 1.8 million people are living with the condition.

Skin facts

  • Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.
  • It is not contagious.
  • Patches primarily appear on the scalp, elbows, knees and back, but can appear anywhere on the body.
  • Symptoms can start at any age but mostly affect younger adults and those over 50 years old.
  • The severity of the condition varies greatly from person to person.
  • It’s a chronic disease that usually involves periods when you have no symptoms or mild symptoms, followed by periods when symptoms are more severe.
  • There’s no cure but symptoms can be managed for most individuals.

Your local Careway pharmacist can help you to manage a dry skin condition such as psoriasis by offering advice, support and products designed to moisturise and protect your skin. Find your nearest Careway pharmacy by using our Pharmacy Finder.

Meanwhile, if you have psoriasis and would like to take part in ongoing PsoHappy research into the exploration of the wellbeing, happiness and quality of life of people living with the condition, you can join up at www.psohappy.org.