I often wonder how different my life would have been if, after giving me a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), my doctor had also given me a referral to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. To say I was unprepared for the emotional rollercoaster of life with this chronic disease would be an understatement, especially since many of these emotional challenges repeat themselves as time passes.
When I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, all I wanted was to function as I did before. I didn’t want to rely on others. I thought I could overcome this disease with enough willpower and treatment, but life with psoriatic arthritis is much more complicated than that.
Here are four of the most emotionally challenging aspects of living with psoriatic arthritis–and my tips for dealing with them.
Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. You will not be charged extra, and you’ll keep me supplied with caffeine. It’s a win for everyone. I am not a medical professional, and nothing stated in this article should be mistaken for medical advice…