Can Psoriasis Cause Depression And Suicidal Thoughts?

Abstract

Psoriasis is a chronic disease which not only affects an individual’s physical health but alters the mental wellbeing as well. It hampers the life quality of the patient. Psoriasis not just makes your skin unhealthy, red, scaly, and itchy but also can make you feel emotionally weak, embarrassed, anxious, and depressed about the way you look. The same disease which affects your skin by forming plaques can alter the chemical changes in your brain resulting in changes in your mood. If you are a Psoriasis patient and you are feeling low day after day, get alarmed, it is the time to see your doctor and discuss it. In this article, we will be discussing the points that how psoriasis can make a person depressed and suicidal and how you can manage the Psoriasis naturally preventing any further complications.

Introduction

Psoriasis is a complex disease which along with making your skin dry, itchy, and flaky can alter your moods and thoughts. The signs and symptoms of the disease make you feel uncomfortable and even can prevent you from doing the things which you used to enjoy like social gatherings, partying, etc. as due to the affected look the patient feels embarrassed and anxious to go out in public gatherings. This makes them feel left out and isolated. Self-esteem and self-confidence of a person are also damaged to much extent. These things make a psoriasis patient more susceptible to have depression or other mental disorders. There sad mood and indifference make them alone and cut out from others which increases their loneliness more.

Psoriasis

Depression and suicidal thoughts are more common in people who are younger in age or have a severe form of psoriasis. Psoriasis is usually undertreated which eventually leads to complications however if treated properly, not psoriasis its associated complaints and suicidal thoughts also getaway.

Depression and suicidal thoughts in psoriasis patient is the result of cytokines which are involved in the inflammatory pathway of the disease and self-created negative image. Such people usually have flaky lesions on the skin, sometimes all over the body which makes them really uncomfortable and they try to cover these areas which multi-layers of clothing in public areas. But in summers they avoid going out as many clothes cannot be carried at a time. This embarrassment and anxiety affect their quality of life and sexual life as well. People with psoriasis also avoid any kind of physical exercise. Such people are always anxious, worried, sad, and depressed which not only affect their quality of personal life but professional as well.

Alexithymia is commonly found in psoriasis patients, which is an inability to describe their own emotions. This leads to delayed diagnosis of depression and suicidality in such patients. Not only the people with severe cases of psoriasis but one with mild symptoms are also at increased risk to get depressed. Depression and anxiety cause a person to run from one doctor to another without sticking to any one plan which leads to further deterioration of the condition. Due to lack of knowledge in people about psoriasis, it is considered as a contagious disease which spread from one person to another and hence psoriasis patient face rejection and unwelcome behavior which push them towards depression and suicidal thoughts. However early diagnosis of depression and suicidal thoughts linked with psoriasis can help in treating the disease timely and completely.

Certain signs and symptoms of depression can be:

  • Person feel angry, hopeless, empty within, irritable or worthless
  • Sleeping too much or insomnia
  • Indifference to the activities once loved like partying, sports, sex, or hobbies
  • Eating too much or very less
  • Lack of energy
  • Inability to concentrate while working
  • Do not want to go to school, college, or work

If you notice any of these symptoms in psoriasis patients, do contact a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is the only key to better treatment.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is done on the basis of clinical history and above mentioned signs and symptoms. There is no specific blood test or diagnostic test for it.

Treatment

Treatment and management of psoriasis are necessary in order to treated depression and suicidal thoughts as results have shown improvement in such cases only if symptoms of psoriasis improve. In modern medicine, however, no exact treatment is yet found to eradicate psoriasis and yet the researches are going on.

However on the other hand the Ayurveda can prove to be the light at the end of the tunnel is this case as herbal management can help in treating psoriasis successfully and so do the depression and suicidal thoughts.

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a herbal pharmaceutical company that produces and manufactures numerous herbal supplements that are suggested to the patients by Ayurveda MD expert doctors as per the disease they are suffering from. Here also, the management is based on the treatment of psoriasis as the depression will go away eventually if the former is treated well. Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines to treat Psoriasis.

Product list:-

PSORA CARE PACK

  • Navkarshik Churna
  • Radiant Skin Hair Nail Formula
  • Neem Capsules
  • Manjishtha Capsules
  • Pitta Balance
  • Recumin Gel
  • Jatyadi Tailam
  • Nirgundi oil

Herbal Remedies for Psoriasis

Herbal Remedies for Psoriasis

Product description:

1. Navkarshik churna

This herbal churna is a blend of amazing herbs like Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bahera (Terminalia bellerica), Neem (Azadirachta indica), etc. In psoriasis navkarshik churna helps to eliminate the toxins from the body and purifies the blood clearing skin. It also balances the Vata and Pitta dosha in the body.

Dosage - Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water.

2. Radiant skin hair nail formula

Herbs like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Pitt papda (Fumaria officinalis), Chirata (Swertia chiretta), and Ghrit kumari (Alow barbandensis) are used in the preparation of Radiant skin hair nail formula capsules. These capsules help in maintaining healthy skin in psoriasis patients and relieve the dry and flaky skin.

Dosage - Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

3. Neem capsule

Standardized extract of Neem (Azadirachta indica) is used in the preparation of these medicinal capsules that help in relieving the itching, soothe inflammation, and give healthy normal skin. Dry skin is also removed by these capsules replacing it with healthy skin.

Dosage - Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

4. Manjishtha capsule

These medicinal capsules are prepared from the standardized extract of the well-known herb Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). It acts as a blood purifier and in psoriasis, these capsules help in treating the flaky skin and give normal healthy skin. Accumulated toxins are cleared from the body with regular consumption of these capsules.

Dosage - Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

5. Pitta balance

Pitta balance capsules help in balancing the vitiated Pitta in the body and manages disease caused due to it. These therapeutic capsules are prepared from natural calcium compounds that possess cooling nature like Akik pishti (Agate calcium), Kamdudha ras (AN ayurvedic calcium compound), Praval pishti (Coral calcium), etc.

Dosage - Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.

6. Recumin gel

This is a polyherbal gel prepared from Curcumin (Curcuma longa), Leaves, bark, and fruit of Neem (Azadirachta indica), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Guggul (Commiphora Mukul), etc. Local application of recumin gel soothe the skin, provides hydration to dried skin, and prevents flakes formation.

Direction – Apply locally on the affected area daily.

7. Jatyadi oil

Jatyadi oil is an amazing wound healer that is prepared from herbs like Neem (Azadirachta indica), Patola Patra (Stereospermum chelonoides), Chameli (Jasminum officinale), Turmeric (Curcuma longa), etc. Application of this herbal oil help in soothing the inflamed dry skin, treat flakes, and gives a healthy skin.

Direction- Apply locally with cotton gently on the affected areas.

8. Nirgundi oil

Vitex negundo is the herb used in the preparation of herbal oil, i.e. nirgundi oil. It possesses anti-inflammatory and healing properties that helps in relieving the inflamed skin and gives healthy skin.

Direction- Apply locally with cotton gently on the affected area

*Mix both the oils, i.e. nirgundi and jatyadi oil at once, and apply it on the affected area for best results.

Contact Planet Ayurveda Support Team to provide you the costing/ordering and delivery information at - costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or Call at 0172-521-4030 (India), +91-172-521-4030 (Outside India) or Whatsapp at (+91) 9915-593-604.

Conclusion

Fighting depression and suicidal thoughts along with the psoriasis is a big deal and can make the life of the patient miserable. However regular herbal treatment and support of family and loved ones can make the task much easier and help the patient to come out of the condition easily.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.