Patients of psoriasis suffer from psychiatric morbidity and
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis. It is associated with arthritic, cardiovascular, metabolic and psychological morbidity.

A study was conducted to find stigma in patients with psoriasis (in the form of internalized stigma, perceived stigma, and social-participation-restriction stigma) and its relationship with demographic and clinical variables.

104 patients with psoriasis were recruited for the study. They were assessed on the internalized stigma of mental illness scale (ISMIS).

The study revealed that 27.9% of psoriatic patients had experienced stigma as per ISMIS scale. Majority of the participants experienced discrimination (52.9%) followed by stigma resistance (51.9%), stereotype (26.0%), social withdrawal (24.1%), and alienation (23.1%).

Around 30% of the psoriatic patients had at least one psychiatric diagnosis and such patients experienced a higher level of stigma on each domain of ISMIS except discrimination and stigma resistance. Lower social support was associated with higher stigma in all the domains.

The study concluded that patients with psoriasis experience a significant amount of stigma and this stigma is associated with the presence of psychiatric morbidity, lower social support, higher restriction, and more disability.