Psoriasis and Pain
23/04/2019 - By Dr. Catherine O'Leary
Psoriasis is a condition causing physical pain as well as emotional pain. How you respond to the pain determines how much suffering you will experience. Some ways of reacting to psoriasis-related pain can make the situation a whole lot worse.
Although it is a complex issue, this infographic explains the relationship between psoriasis, pain and suffering:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an alternative to suffering. It teaches you to acknowledge pain but stop it defining your life and making things worse.
For more information I would highly recommend Facing the Storm by Ray Owen and The Reality Slap by Russ Harris.
Or watch this powerful talk ‘Psychological flexibility: How love turns pain into purpose’ by the Clinical Psychologist Steven Hayes.
There might not be a cure for your psoriasis (yet) but you can reduce your suffering.