Mourning for a sense of normality a case of psoriasis

I used to love to swim, it was something that I took up about 5 years ago and was practically addicted to it ever since. At first when I noticed the psoriasis around my knees it didn't bother me, but since then I have begun to feel like people are avoiding me, like they look at me and know I'm different. I don't feel normal anymore, I feel that people are looking at me and wondering what happened or thinking, 'Oh he must be so brave to be able to swim looking like that'. Consequently, I have...

Challenging thinking errors

After you have learned to identify negative thoughts you will need to learn to change. If you are working with a therapist you will find that he or she uses questions to help you to challenge your beliefs. She will encourage you to think through alternatives to your beliefs or responses rather than holding on to your negative thoughts. For example, a therapist might ask a patient who is worried about other people noticing her eczema Counsellor What is the worst thing that you could imagine if...

The impact of skin disease on relationships

Previous chapters have described the emotional and psychological effects of skin disease on the individual. However, as is the case with most illnesses, skin disease has an impact on a person's relationships, which inevitably affects, and is affected by, the individual's condition. In this chapter we consider the impact that skin conditions have on different relationships and consider some of the social situations in which difficulties regarding the skin condition may arise. Furthermore, the...

Counselling and dermatology

Psychological treatment for people affected by a skin disease have ranged from psychoanalysis to the use of hypnosis, and treatment methods have been reviewed for a number of skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and virus-mediated diseases. The published literature in this field suggests that psychological interventions have proved to be effective for many different disorders. Psychological interventions, such as suggestion and hypnosis, have been shown to have the capacity to enhance...

Linda Papadopoulos And Carl Walker

Many health problems and worries are strongly influenced by our thoughts and feelings. These exciting new books, written by experts in the psychology of health, are essential reading for sufferers, their families and friends. Each book presents objective, easily understood information and advice about what the problem is, the treatments available and, most importantly, how your state of mind can help or hinder the way you cope. You will discover how to have a positive, hopeful outlook, which...

Myths about malignant melanoma skin cancer

This only affects people who live in very hot climates - this is not true. The harmful rays from the sun may be more dangerous to sun-worshippers from cool climates who then expose their skin to sun intensively over short periods, rather than those who expose themselves steadily and moderately throughout the year. If I am naturally dark-skinned then I am not likely to get a melanoma and don't need protection from the sun - although people with darker skins are less likely to become...