Psoriasis-Related Stigma: Is There More to Uncover?

DOI: 10.2478/jim-2022-0015


Background: Psoriasis is a common, inflammatory immune-mediated dermatosis, occurring in patients of all ages, sexes, and races, associating significant comorbidities. One such comorbidity is represented by psychological disorders, which negatively influence the clinical course of the disease. The purpose of our study is to offer a first glimpse into the stigmatization of Romanian psoriasis patients, as well as their potential anxious or depressive manifestations. Materials and methods: The present study is based on an adapted questionnaire previously used to estimate stigmatizing attitudes in the general population, mirrored to reflect the patients’ experience in social situations such as shaking hands, maintaining friendship, kissing, or intercourse. GAD7 and PHQ8 scales were used to screen for anxiety or depression traits in the same patients. Results: Our study group consisted of 12 psoriasis patients, with a mean age of 46.75 years. While few patients reported feeling discriminated against in social contexts, 16.66% presented with mild depressive symptoms recorded by PHQ8 and 24.99% presented mild anxiety manifestations according to their GAD7 scores. Conclusion: In spite of the small sample group, our study outlines a tendency for depressive and anxious manifestations in patients with psoriasis