Within the scope of World Psoriasis Day, social / psychological disadvantages brought about psoriasis in the patient meeting held on Sedef Island in order to raise awareness about psoriasis and to inform the public were emphasized.
Mustafa Yıldırım, President of Psoriasis Patients Solidarity Association and members of the association participated in the patient meeting; depression, exclusion and social withdrawal from work, such as psoriasis, which brings with it a chronic disease, despite the fact that the right treatment can be kept under control is stressed. Mustafa Yıldırım, "People without any knowledge of psoriasis can be misunderstood as if the disease is infectious. For the most part, we are faced with the problem of exclusion from society as psoriasis patients. We believe that by bringing together psoriasis patients through such activities, sharing the problems we are experiencing and seeking solutions are of great importance. "
Physical deformation caused by psoriasis leads to psychological problems as well; psychological problems lead to negative situations such as isolation of the patient from the environment and from the society in the long term, loss of respect for oneself, departure from business life, and financial loss as a natural consequence. Mustafa Yıldırım emphasized that psoriasis patients and community awareness are of great importance to bring all these negative effects caused by psoriasis to a minimum level.
Psoriasis; adversely affecting the psychology, social & professional life of the patient
It is said that psoriasis, which is estimated to affect 125 million people globally, is a rare and untreatable infectious disease, and that such false information has negative effects on psyhology of psoriasis patients. Psoriasis is a disease of unknown origin. not touching a person with psoriasis, swimming in the same pool, or eating a meal made by the patient. While 30% of patients have psoriasis in their families, the presence of genes associated with psoriasis is also accepted. However, the disease is triggered by an environmental factor (infections caused by some viruses and bacteria, skin injuries, reactions to certain drugs, and stress).
Psoriasis with various symptoms such as itching and pain can leave deep traces in the patients’ private and social lives depending on their location and severity. Psoriasis patients, 51% of whom are not known to have undergone specialist physician control, can seriously lose their self-esteem by entering into depression with a sense of isolation from society.
84% of psoriasis patients avoid sportive activities, 83% hear the need to conceal their illness. 46% of the patients are living with chronic depression. According to the results of the "Sedef Survey" which was conducted with the aim of measuring the long-term effects of psoriasis on one’s life, in 2009, with the participation of a total of 11,000 psoriasis patients from 17 countries; while 37% of all patients and almost half of the severe cases are illness claims, but they are no longer the same person, while 66% of all participants and three quarters of severe psoriasis patients adversely affect the self-esteem of this disease. According to the survey, psoriasis, which negatively affects working life, causes 14% of patients to lose their jobs or to resign. More than 40% of severe psoriasis patients say they can not track their career path. Non-attendance in business affects people’s careers negatively as a frequent problem in psoriasis patients. It is noticed that young patients are more unsuccessful than the elderly in coping with the psychological problems caused by psoriasis.