Psoriasis and Pain

23/04/2019 - By Dr. Catherine O'Leary

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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.