Showing you care for a person with psoriasis
Psoriasis not only has an impact on the person with the condition, but also on those around them including family, friends and colleagues.
Helping a friend or relative to cope with psoriasis is about more than just understanding their medical condition. Caring goes beyond understanding. It entails physical support, emotional support and sometimes even spiritual support.
Having a friend, partner or relative with a chronic disease like psoriasis is no walk in the park. Psoriasis is a lifelong condition. After a prolonged period of time, tension can accumulate resulting in friction in the relationship. To minimize such conflicts, here are some tips to help you better care for the person in your life with psoriasis
Create an Environment of Care
Building a positive environment is vital for psoriasis patients as they tend to isolate themselves. Encouraging them to do what they like can help lift their mood. However, do not force them if they are not ready to do so i.
Look out for signs of depression ii. Research has shown that about one in four psoriasis patients suffer from depression . As it is a serious illness, encourage your loved ones to seek help from their doctor immediately.
To prevent the patient from stressing themselves out, give them the opportunity to talk about their condition and how they feel. Simply lending a listening ear can provide relief from the stress and frustration of bottled up emotions. Also, if the patient is always stressed out going out in public when their condition has flared up, offer to accompany him or her and try to make it fun.
Activities like yoga or exercise can also help alleviate stress. Be a buddy, encourage them to participate in these relaxing activities together. This support goes a long way towards helping psoriasis patients inch out of their reclusiveness.
Develop Two-way Communication
Asking questions is the best method to empathize with your loved ones suffering. This will help you understand their physical, emotional or even medical needs. Questioning is also a good way of showing that you are interested and that you care.
Patients should play their part in helping you too. By being more proactive and open about their condition, they will help you better understand their needs.
Your ability to care and help can be challenging if the psoriasis patient refuses treatment. Many patients succumb to the condition and give up too soon in their search for the right treatment.
In recent years, there have been medical breakthroughs which can help keep psoriasis under control so patients can lead a normal life. It is important to encourage the person you care about to visit their doctor when there is a flare-up. To provide additional support, you can offer to accompany the patient when they seek medical treatment.
Being at the doctors with them, you can find out more about the disease and help care for them better. Your physical presence also sends a strong message that they are not fighting this battle alone.
Rally the Family’s Support
Psoriasis patients need the support of their family more than ever during a flare up. In such circumstances, family members should help their relative stick to their treatment plan. This will help speed up the recovery process and lessen their agony.
Family members can also propose outings that are good and relaxing ways to let off some steam. For example, a day at the beach can allow the whole family to have fun together and let the patient get some sun. Not only will it help the patient’s skin condition, it also improves their mental and emotional health.
Caring for Yourself
Most importantly if you have a family member who has psoriasis and you’re the main caregiver, you have to care for yourself. You need to make sure that you are physically, mentally and emotionally fit before you are able to care for another person. As psoriasis is a life-long condition, ensuring that you are in good shape helps in the long run.
Taking time off to maintain your own life is crucial to help you relax. If need be, feel comfortable to ask for help from other family members or friends. The situation will worsen if you suffer from an emotional burn out.
American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” This is the key to caring for someone you love suffering from psoriasis.