Zailee Madrigal has had plaque psoriasis all her life. Living with plaque psoriasis has affected her mental and emotional health and, at times, has made her want to hide her skin and avoid social events. She now finds comfort in knowing that many others live with plaque psoriasis.
Watch this video to learn what Zailee says about navigating life with plaque psoriasis and its emotional impact.
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Plaque psoriasis can really impact someone’s daily lifestyle and overall well-being. I sometimes have depression, anxiety, and embarrassment, and that did not help the physical symptoms that I already had.
So what is plaque psoriasis? Plaque psoriasis are thick scaly patches that are red, and may be very irritating and itchy all around your skin. It can happen on your scalp or just pretty much anywhere around your body. The scaling and the flaking can really make someone very self-conscious.
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This really happened to me. I wanted to hide my skin under long-sleeve shirts and sweaters even in the summertime. When I have it on my scalp, I can’t wear dark clothes, and it can really impact someone’s daily social life, which is what happened to me. I didn’t want to go out. I didn’t even want to enjoy my time around friends and family because I was so embarrassed.
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You are not alone. There are many others like you and me that have plaque psoriasis, and that you can connect with, share similar experiences to help you cope, and help you manage symptoms, and even your emotional well-being. There is always a group of support out there for you living with plaque psoriasis.