To beat the heat during the summer months it feels good to layer down clothing to enjoy the sunshine. For those living with the skin condition psoriasis the hot season is another reminder of the self-consciousness associated with showing their skin. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis affect a person’s everyday life, manifesting both physically and emotionally.
A recent survey found the majority of people living with psoriasis (76%) are not satisfied with their current psoriasis treatment. Helping to address these everyday realities, The Satisfaction Project is a three-week challenge on ‘Living Well with Psoriasis’ designed to inspire and encourage Canadians with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to take a deeper look into the barriers of these diseases, take action, and not stop until they’re satisfied.
If you are living with psoriasis here are some useful challenges and tips from the Satisfaction Expert Panel to help you take back your life.
Andrew Gosse, President of the Canadian Psoriasis Network
Challenge One: Build your support team – be an advocate and become satisfied.
– You are not alone. Reach out to your local support group, use the resources available including the Canadian Psoriasis Network and www.livingwellwithpsoriasis.com, work with your support team, and don’t stop until you’re satisfied.
– Seek current and accurate information from a trusted source as part of an effective treatment plan.
– Be a support for others – help someone to be more satisfied too!
Dr. Ronald Vender, Toronto Dermatologist
Challenge Two: Don’t stop until you’re satisfied – find a treatment that works for you.
– It’s important to take control of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and identify treatment options at an early stage. The severity of psoriasis varies with each person, and, therefore, the treatment goals for each person may differ.
– Identify treatment goals and expectations and share these goals and expectations at your next doctor visit.
– Have an informed discussion with your doctor about all available treatment options that may improve treatment satisfaction, including biologics and advanced therapies.
Kimberly Moffit, Toronto Psychotherapist
Challenge Three: Satisfaction is possible – take control and regain confidence.
– It’s important for Canadians with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to recognize the emotional burden of their disease, believe in themselves, and find a treatment that makes them satisfied.
– Take control and challenge yourself to improve your emotional well-being by taking care of yourself. This is different for everyone; you can focus on eating well, exercising more, complimenting yourself, visiting a friend, or doing something you love.
– For additional support in coping with the emotional and mental effects of these diseases, seek help from a specialist in your area at www.psychologytoday.com.