NEA and PeDRA wrap up their Eczema Counts project with new priorities for eczema research.
Published On: Oct 24, 2017
Last Updated On: Jul 15, 2021
With all this talk about eczema and mental health, we can’t help but get a little emotional knowing there are people like you who work so hard to make a difference in the world. Thanks so much to our eczema community for participating in Eczema Awareness Month these past few weeks!
Now let’s end October on high note, shall we? But first, a recap:
During Week 1, we talked about how people living with eczema are at a higher risk for experiencing depression, anxiety and stress. We know that eczema affects our emotional well-being in obvious ways, such as dealing with the constant pain and itch, being self-conscious about the appearance of our skin, feeling frustrated when treatment options fail, and countless other ways.
But what about the less obvious ways? During Week 2, we explored the science between inflammation and mental health. We introduced you to Dr. Charles Raison, professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Psychiatry, who discussed the science behind our body’s inflammatory response and how that plays a direct role in our emotional well-being.
For Week 3, we asked Dr. Raison to give us five tips for improving our mood and reducing inflammation. These included practicing mindful meditation, increasing our amount of exercise each week, doing our best to get enough sleep and strengthening our social connections.
Now that we know how important it is to put time and attention into boosting our mental health, it’s time to TAKE ACTION.
Thanks again to our eczema community for participating in National Eczema Awareness Month! Together, we are improving the lives of people with eczema, one day at a time.