Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Stress Affects Clearing of Psoriasis

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Stress Affects Clearing of Psoriasis

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NEW YORK -- There is mounting evidence that stress and the way in which patients with psoriasis view themselves or perceive themselves to be seen affects the way that they respond to treatment, Dr. Christopher Griffiths said at a dermatology symposium sponsored by Cornell University.

"While the exact etiology of psoriasis remains unknown, there is a strong environmental component to the disease, including stress, especially in the genetically predisposed with the HLA-Cw6 gene," said Dr. Griffiths of the dermatology center at Hope Hospital, University of Manchester (England), the largest center for psoriasis research and treatment in the world.

Psoriasis occurs in about 2% of the population. Whether stress causes psoriasis or psoriasis is the origin of stress is still a point of contention. Studies have shown that psoriasis ranks just ahead of chronic lung disease and depression when it comes to the impact reported on the daily lives of patients, with 46% reporting an impact on their daily lives, versus 44% and 35% with chronic lung disease and depression, respectively. Approximately 60% of patients with psoriasis report that stressful life events may either trigger or exacerbate their condition, Dr. …

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