What should I tell my friends and family?
Talking to friends and family about chronic illness can be challenging, but there are a few tools which may be helpful to use, so you end up having a positive discussion that makes others aware of your condition and how it affects you.
As with many discussions involving difficult topics, choosing the right time can be important. Choosing a time and place you feel comfortable in to discuss it may make things easier for you.17 Planning what you want to say may also help; if you decide the level of detail you want to give for a particular person, and research the facts beforehand to give accurate information, this may improve how well the conversation is received.18 Practicing with a close friend or family member already aware of your condition may help you figure this out.17
Debunking potential misconceptions such as that psoriasis is not contagious may be helpful, expressing how you feel about your psoriasis such as the impact on your stress, and following up the conversation could help, particularly if the first discussion felt awkward23
Talking to people close to you can be a big stress relief, and so being able to be open and honest is an important part of feeling well and dealing with the day-to-day problems your psoriasis may cause.17
Informing family and friends of the kind of treatment you’re receiving, what the possible side effects are, and what you require in terms of medication storage may also be helpful, so they understand if you experience side effects and what they should or should not do with your medication, such as they shouldn’t take it out of the fridge.