Results from the study were published in May in the journal BMC Dermatology.
Researchers analyzed 101 patients with psoriasis, most of whom had mild disease. The gender breakdown of study participants was relatively equal, with slightly more men than women.
Every patient was interviewed about how they handled things like social situations, work, financial issues and relationships. They were also asked whether psoriasis affected their daily life and relationships, and whether they felt their psoriasis was impacted by stress.
Patients also filled out questionnaires asking about anxiety, depression and various personality traits.
According to the results, 63 percent of patients said that their psoriasis got worse when they experienced stress, and almost 50 percent said that their psoriasis first appeared during a stressful time. These patients had higher rates of anxiety and depression than people whose psoriasis was not connected to stress, researchers reported.
Patients whose psoriasis was triggered by stress were also more likely to have certain personality traits that could lead them to get stressed out more easily, researchers reported. For example, these patients were more likely to say that they felt pressure in work situations, often felt rushed and tired or felt insecure when they were asked to take on a new project.
Asking patients whether their psoriasis is related to stress may help doctors identify people who need additional psychological support or counseling, the researchers concluded.
Research into the stress-psoriasis connection suggests that addressing these psychological issues may not only help patients avoid getting bogged down in anxiety and depression, but also help prevent stress-related flares in the future.By
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