Coping With Feelings of Shame
25/07/2020 - By Dr. Catherine O'Leary
It’s normal to feel ashamed when you have psoriasis. You can read more here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT your feelings of shame?
Your shame is not helping you.
Acknowledge your feelings, they’re a normal human reaction to having psoriasis. Regard yourself with kindness, forgiveness and compassion.
Get support from your family and friends.
One recent case study reported how family therapy for a 46 year old woman with psoriasis not only helped her manage feelings of shame but also cleared her skin (Shah and Bewley, 2014).
Notice your critical and judgmental voice
– is it telling you how disgusting you are? It’s not helping you and you wouldn’t use it on a loved one or a friend with psoriasis, so why turn it on yourself?
Remind yourself you have an autoimmune disease and it’s not your fault.
Remember most people are too concerned with their own faults to be judging you.
Shah A. and Bewley A. (2014). Psoriasis: ‘the badge of shame’. A case report of a psychological intervention to reduce and potentially clear chronic skin disease. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology; 39 (5): 600-603.