By Richard Fried, MD, PhD, as told to Hallie Levine

As both a dermatologist and psychologist, I have studied the relationship between mental health and psoriatic disease for years. Many people don’t realize psoriatic disease affects more than just your skin. This condition activates your own immune system to attack itself. This can lead to symptoms such as skin discoloration (psoriasis) or joint swelling (psoriatic arthritis). But it can also cause inflammation that we can’t always see. This can lead to other health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and even mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.



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