Within the scope of World Psoriasis Day, social / psychological negativities brought about psoriasis in the patient meeting held on Sunday, October 30, in Sedef Island to raise awareness and inform the public about psoriasis were emphasized.
Mustafa Yıldırım, President of Psoriasis Patient Solidarity Association and members of the association participated in the patient meeting; discussed subjects including depression, exclusion and social withdrawal from work, caused by psoriasis, a chronic disease, despite the fact that the right treatment can be kept under control. Mustafa Yildirim said, "People who have no information about psoriasis can get misconceptions about their illness as if it is contagious. For this reason, we are faced with the problem of exclusion from the society as psoriasis patients and by sharing these problems with psoriasis patients, We believe that coming together is of great importance," he said.
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.
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. Common behaviour of the society includes not touching a person with psoriasis, not swimming in the same pool, or not 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 "Psoriasis 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.