There have been so many times in life when my friends have tried to comfort me in my time of need. I’m sure we have all heard that God don’t give you no more than you can handle. Unless you have walked a mile in my shoes, you don’t have a clue what I have been though.

I have had psoriasis for 56 years; been in the hospital a few times, and down and out more times than I can count. I remember being in high school and not wanting to face the world at all. I didn’t want to face people staring and looking at me as if I had three heads.

From Being in School to Head of the Household: Anxiety Brought on by Psoriasis


There were so many days I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown. I spent more time in the nurse’s office than I did in class. Most of my high school years were spent crying most of the time. I spent four straight years dealing with this, and not one person thought I should have went to get help; not even my doctors who I saw once a month.

Read more about my experiences growing up in my blog. A recent article I wrote was specifically about getting my first real job in Washington, DC while having to deal with psoriasis.

My Thoughts as a Young Mother With Psoriasis

I just wanted to get this part of my life over with. Now came the easy stuff, so I thought. I got married and had kids. I don’t remember a time I wasn’t in pain. I was covered with psoriasis from head to toe. What if my kids get this? My hands hurt so bad; please don’t drop the babies. Why am I not motivated?

I did not want to disappoint my husband and sure didn’t want people thinking I was a bad mom. I learned how to be strong in the midst of it all. I got a good job, was a great wife and mother. I don’t remember a day that I didn’t cry.

An Uplifting Message From a Patient Advocate for Psoriasis

Do you need something uplifting? Check out this New York Times article and audio interview, including valuable information presented by myself and other patients living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

In this beautiful video presented by Health Central, I discuss how to come out fighting:

How a Psychiatrist Helped Me Deal With Mental Illness Caused by Psoriasis

I finally saw a psychologist who told me I was smiling on the outside but crying on the inside. I finally started to see things differently and got the help that I needed. I grew up in the 70’s and mental illness was not something that was ever discuss.

We have come a long way since those days. So many teens go untreated and un-diagnosed. Anyone can develop mental problems. I was a straight “A” student, and no one knew I was depressed and mad at the world. There are so many different problems a person can have on the inside, such as a death, divorce, family issues or drugs.

If you need help managing your emotions, check out this article I posted. Also, WebMD wrote a piece about managing emotions that come with psoriasis that’s worth reading.

Spotting the Signs of Depression and Seeking Help With Mental Issues Caused by Psoriasis

How can you spot some of these things?

  • If a child stays to themselves
  • If someone always feels down
  • If someone has mood swings
  • If they can’t sleep at night

If you see any difference in your child, or if you are going though any of this, seek help to find out what is going on with you. It’s never too late.