Psoriasis affects millions of people around the world, and its effect is not just physical. This chronic skin condition that can leave skin flaky, itchy, and covered in sores, can also seriously influence the happiness and psychological well-being of those with psoriasis. A new app is hoping to transform that by bringing up awareness of the unseen difficulties of psoriasis and helping to overcome stigma.
PsoHappy offers people with psoriasis the chance to record how their happiness is affected by their condition by means of filling out short surveys on a weekly basis. The app creators will then use the results to make a happiness index, which will be published in October this year, in celebration of World Psoriasis Day. The app, which has just been launched in Canada, Denmark, the UK, and the US, was designed by the Happiness Research Institute and LEO Innovation Lab, along with the assistance
of health crusader, Holly Dillion.
Holly Dillion knows all too well that psoriasis is more than just a skin condition. She started
experiencing dry, itchy skin when she was 14, and the physical symptoms gravely affected her self-
confidence and happiness. She launched the campaign #GetYourSkinOut last year to inspire others
not to be embarrassed of the physical symptoms of psoriasis.
Holly Dillion is proud to have helped create PsoHappy as she believes it will help convey a holistic
approach in treating and understanding psoriasis. She said that it is not just about psoriasis obviously
affecting a person’s skin. It is about how it affects you on a daily basis and in the long run.
One of LEO Innovation Lab’s chief medical officers, Dr. John Zibert said that despite the reality that
psoriasis affects millions of people globally, it is still principally misunderstood by the general public.
According to Dr. Zibert, psoriasis is often visible and mistakenly thought to be contagious by other
people. He hopes that the new app can help tackle misconceptions about the condition.
Data collected by PsoHappy is based on the methods used by the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations (UN) to measure the happiness of
people worldwide. Happiness Research Institute CEO Meik Wiking stated that there is scientific proof
that gauging happiness is not only possible, but also significant.
For the app to be a true reflection of what it’s like to live with psoriasis, it must rely on people with
psoriasis to sign up and join in the surveys. PsoHappy developers are calling on those who are living
with the condition to step in and make a better world for everyone who’s been diagnosed with
You can download PsoHappy from iTunes now.