Survey shows impact of psoriasis is more than skin deep

3, found that the vast majority of respondents (88%) have heard of psoriasis and that almost half (46%) knew someone with psoriasis. The findings showed that although the public is not aware of the prevalence of the disease (93% were not aware that 4.5 million Americans have psoriasis), 86% of the respondents did know that psoriasis is not contagious and 52% were aware that psoriasis is more emotionally crippling than physically disabling.

"I'm really surprised that so many people know that psoriasis is not contagious. I have psoriasis, and when I have a flare up, I am really self-conscious. I know that people stare and stay away from me because they think I am contagious," said Mike Frisbie, a member of the Beyond Psoriasis Advisory Board and psoriasis patient. "Part of what we want to do with this program is to help people with psoriasis feel more comfortable with discussing the disease and to learn ways to cope with the self-defeating attitudes that can cast a shadow over many aspects of our lives. We want to help empower others to speak up about their disease with their doctor, their friends, acquaintances and loved ones, and in doing so, help them continue their lives in a positive way."

Self Confidence

Negative effects were most dramatically experienced by people with psoriasis who are 18-24 years old a population just beginning to develop their self-esteem and interpersonal relationships that will influence the rest of their lives. Women, single people and those who have visible psoriasis (usually on their face and/or scalp) were most impacted.

  • Over half (58%) of women compared with 45% of men experienced lower self-confidence because of their psoriasis
  • Self confidence of young adults (68%), people with early childhood onset psoriasis (58%), and people with visible psoriasis (58%) were also more dramatically affected


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