Getting a diagnosis of any chronic condition for yourself or a loved one can be overwhelming, and psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis is no exception. It can bring up a wealth of emotions including anger,fear, confusion and denial.

There are a few steps you can take to help deal with your diagnosis. Your first step is to learn as much as you can about psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and the various treatment options available. Remember, knowledge is power. Next, develop a support network among family, friends, co-workers and your heath care provider. Remember that you are not defined by your disease; you are a person with family, friends, interests, likes and dislikes, and your life does not have to centre around your condition.

Download this PDF to help you get the most out of your clinic by informing you about psoriasis and its treatments, giving you choices, tools and places to go to learn more, get support or just get some reassurance.