Getting a diagnosis of any chronic condition for yourself or a loved one can be overwhelming, and psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis is no exception. It can bring up a wide range of emotions including anger, fear, confusion and denial.
There are a few steps you can take to help deal with your diagnosis. Your first step is to learn as much as you can about psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and the various treatment options available. Remember, knowledge is power.
Next, develop a support network among family, friends, co-workers and your heath care provider. Remember that you are not defined by your disease; you are a person with family, friends, interests, likes and dislikes, and your life does not have to centre around your condition. You are not alone and we can help you.
There is information and support to help you understand your condition. For some people, connecting with others who share your issues can help; you’ll find a section on support information in the “Topics in this section…” dropdown above, or click on the text to redirect directly to that page. This resource will help you learn how to manage your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and how to live your life with psoriasis. But you must remember that getting the best treatment all begins with YOU.
This is your time to stand up and make your voice heard. You are your best advocate and it is our hope that this tool will give you the resources to ask the questions, voice the concerns and share the thoughts that matter to you.