A recent study provides more evidence that patients with psoriasis–even mild cases–face a higher risk of major depression, a finding that could lead dermatologists to alert patients with the condition and even screen them for mental health issues.
It’s not clear how psoriasis and depression are linked. Still, “psoriasis patients should be counseled that psoriasis, a treatable disease, may place them at an elevated risk of depression,” says study co-author Roger S. Ho, MD, MS, MPH, an assistant Professor of Dermatology with the New York University School of Medicine/Langone Medical Center. “However, many patients may not be cognizant of their own depression symptoms. As a result, dermatologists should be aware that all patients with psoriasis may benefit from depression screening.”