New research indicates that psoriasis patients may have an increased risk of depression. The reason for this may be due to the public’s reaction in seeing red patches on psoriasis patients during the summer months. Public awareness that psoriasis is not contagious could help more people understand there is no need to act differently around people with psoriasis than you would around anyone else. With who are feeling sad, upset or helpless should realize that there are now many different treatments available for improving psoriasis and more are being developed every year. There is also effective treatments for depression. People who have these symptoms should see their primary care doctor.