October 29 is World Psoriasis Day. This is the day that connects the 125 million people living with psoriatic disease in a global force for increased awareness and improved access to treatment.

Psoriasis is one of the most prevalent skin conditions in the world and it poses a significant burden in the day-to-day life of 71% of patients. The disease also affects the overall emotional wellbeing of 88% of them. These patients perceive that their relationship with healthcare professionals is linked not only to the management of their disease, but also to their happiness and wellbeing.

One of three people still believe that psoriatic disease affects only the skin but statistics show that it does affect the whole body, also the mental health of the patient, and impacts directly on the quality of life and wellbeing. In fact, 98% of patients report that psoriasis has an impact on their emotional life.

People living with psoriasis are at higher risk of developing anxiety and depression due to the disease and because of the effect of the inflammation of the brain.

According to the World Psoriasis Happiness Report 2018, only 27% of the patients report that their doctor refers to their mental health while treating the skin disease, whereas nearly 50% of psoriasis patients state that their healthcare professionals have no understanding of how the disease affects their mental health.

Having psoriatic disease and one or more comorbidities takes a physical, psychological, and financial toll on individuals. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, it became clear that some of the common psoriatic disease comorbidities are risk factors of poor outcomes from COVID-19, adding one more potential risk burden. 43% of people living with psoriatic disease have seen their disease become worse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Associate Professor, MD-PhD at Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy,

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

National Representative of the Skin Inflammation & Psoriasis International Network, France

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