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Been Getting Worse for 15 Years
from MB

How do we deal with this? I have had psoriasis for 15 years and every day it gets worse. I need some feedback before I lose my mind. Depression has really set in and my job and family are suffering behind psoriasis. I am a single Mother and have no other way to support my family but myself.

I feel the stares and the disgust from everyone and everywhere.

I am seriously in trouble.

I don't feel worthy to live.

Please help.  –MB

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Ed’s Response:  These days there are drugs to handle just about every kind and severity of psoriasis, but to find (and afford) the right drug(s) for you, you need an informed and caring dermatologist. 

The drugs that have proven to be most effective against severe skin psoriasis are "biologics," and I don't know if you've tried any of these.  Some of them are self-injections (like insulin, using a short needle into fat tissue) and some require in-office infusions.  They are ALL quite expensive, but the manufacturers have programs to provide the drugs at steep discounts to those who need them but can't afford them.  Go to this page on FlakeHQ.com to read about these drugs and be linked to their web sites.  http://www.flakehq.com/biologics.htm

You are not alone in your battle against depression.  The damage done to one's self-confidence and self-esteem is profound and at least as big a problem as the lesions.  Some people tackle the depression as a separate disease and find some relief in psychiatric therapies and meds.  I've heard from others who say the best remedy is a few good friends.  Your email shows that you are reaching out.  I interpret that as a positive sign.  If you haven't already, please consider joining and contributing to PsorChat.  This is a caring, articulate group of people just like you and me; posting messages and getting responses there has helped many and made our ranks grow strong with like-minded people.  They can help with things to do to provide some relief for your skin as well as uplift your spirits. I hope to hear from you there, too.

It's Winter in the U.S., and for many of us that means our P is at its worst.  Spring is coming, though!  We CAN get through this.  -Ed

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