"There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path." - Buddha
What is there not to like about this picture? It looks like I am in Heaven.
And yet, we underestimate our mind and the tricks it can play on us. We can be in a perfect location with the perfect company, food and music and yet be unhappy.
I want to celebrate #psoriasisawarenessmonth this August and highlight the mental burden that psoriasis brings. While “beauty is only skin-deep", mental health from illnesses such as psoriasis is much deeper…
We talk about inflammation in the gut and flare-ups on our skin but we forget the mental burdens such as depression and anxiety that we carry.
How do I know this? I am a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient.
I have had psoriasis since I was a 6 years old girl and even though it does not define me (anymore), the mental breakdown in 'our heads' is a constant companion that I have to live with.
I choose happiness…it is a choice that I make everyday...
I am grateful to all the patients, scientists, doctors, advocates and friends who make the burden of this chronic disease less every day.
What is psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. All of this makes the skin build up into bumpy, sometimes painful red patches covered with white scales. Those patches may grow anywhere, but most appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis can't be passed from person to person and it is not contagious. It does sometimes happen in members of the same family and can be hereditary.
Psoriasis usually appears in early adulthood, but also in children. My psoriasis started when I was 6. For most people, it affects just a few areas. However, in severe cases, psoriasis can cover large parts of the body. The patches can heal and then come back throughout a person's life.
Up to a third of people with psoriasis also get psoriatic arthritis. Most people are diagnosed between 30 and 50, but you can really get it at any age. It causes inflammation, mainly in your joints. However, it may affect affect other body parts, too.
Some symptoms can be similar to rheumatoid arthritis, so your doctor may want to do tests to confirm the diagnosis.