If you’re feeling self-conscious or unhappy, missing out on social activities or taking time off from work or school because of your PsA (psoriatic arthritis), this can take a toll on your relationships.1 If the people in your life don’t understand what you’re going through, how you’re feeling or what they may be able to do to help, it may feel as if a wedge is being driven between you.2 And if things are difficult with those you already know, meeting new people may feel even harder. Things you may have once taken for granted may now seem impossible, like the prospect of being romantic or intimate with a new partner.3 While all of this could make you feel lonely or isolated, please remember that you are not alone.2
Talking about your PsA with others may be daunting, especially if you’re used to hiding it, but having a conversation could make you feel free and boost your confidence. It could also help you get the support you need from those around you. There’s no pressure to do so, but if you want to have a dialogue with a friend, family member or colleague, here are some general tips about where to start:4,5
It’s also very important to be open and honest with your healthcare professional – this could ensure you’re on the right treatment for you, so that your PsA doesn’t get in the way of you living your life exactly as you choose.6
If you are experiencing symptoms, or don’t feel that your treatment is controlling your PsA, please speak to your healthcare professional.6 Take a look at our helpful tips to help you have a productive conversation during your next appointment.
There are also many other patients with PsA who will understand just what you’re going through.2 Your healthcare professional may be able to direct you to local or online groups where you can meet others with PsA. Alternatively, try searching below to find a group local to you.
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