Stress caused by psoriatic arthritis is not easy to refute. It occurs due to the interaction between pain, functional impotence, local deformation of joints, and tegumentary manifestations.
Sometimes, patients may feel so frustrated that isolated from others and avoid any contact, especially during exacerbations of lesions. Because the emotional impact of the disease can be very important, patients should not feel alone in this period.
Whatever the clinical appearance of tegumentary affections, psoriasis is not a communicable disease, the patient is not contagious and can not infect others. Psychological consequences of isolation are unfavorable, because the person gets to feel marginalized, even if it is one that has initiated and maintains this of withdrawal reaction within the social environment and collectivities in which they have activity.
Experts believe that among the most useful in counseling of patients are aid groups with the mixed component: physicians and patients, alike. In meetings of these groups, patients can share their experience, can advise each other because they best understand each other.
There are such groups for many chronic conditions and their results, in terms of moral support offered participants, are undeniable. Patients do not feel alone and isolated from a world that seems to not understand the disease.