People with vitiligo often experience psychological impact of vitiligo and emotional problems. Sometimes these people may feel that they seem ugly to other people because of their discoloration. This type of feeling often leads to loss of self confidence and self esteem. They think they are worthless so they stop meeting other people and avoid social activities. There may be a tendency to attribute all the sufferings in their lives to Vitiligo.
On the other hand you will find a whole lot of people who have Vitiligo and still are reasonably successful and happy with very little emotional and social problems, these people who do not care about their vitiligo. You might have met a few of them!
Whatever the reasons may be, you can’t disagree that Vitiligo does not hurt all the victims equally. And if it brings less hurt to some people, why can’t you be one of these lucky ones?
It is quite possible that some of the unpleasant things in your life might be due to reasons other than your Vitiligo, and these “other reasons” may be more manageable than your Vitiligo. If you start focusing more on these “other reasons” and rectify the problems, you will start having much better luck in your life. May be you become so successful that people start looking up at you! That may also bring favorable changes to your psyche as well and your approach towards Vitiligo may also turn more positive. You can look up the list of famous people who have Vitiligo and find out how they have managed to get along. Michael Jackson and Amitabh Bachan cab be taken as leading examples.
Here are some points that will help you build self confidence in general.
1. Try to make eye contact with your fellows.
2. Talk to your friends and family members and seek help in building self-esteem.
3. Ask for professional help if required. It can be taken from psychologists, doctors, support groups and social workers.
4. Try to learn about Vitiligo and explore all the treatment options and alternatives.
Psychological Impact Vitiligo can be socially devastating for afflicted individuals and it has a significant psychological impact on patients. It can cause feelings of being shunned by the society or being singled out due to the disfigurement that is often seen in this condition. In certain countries like India, these patients often face discrimination especially at the time of marriage. Sometimes Vitiligo can even be a ground for divorce if the patient develops it after marriage.
Vitiligo patients often feel awkwardness in public places and for some it is even hard to move around without developing feelings of embarrassment. Long term sufferers are more prone to fall prey to depression, anxiety and feelings of low self esteem. Many are constantly on the watch as to how the opposite person will react to their looks. Thus, it has significant negative effects on the self-image of a person, his quality of life and self esteem.
For some people, Vitiligo might even be a limitation in pursuing the career of their choice or marrying the person they like. Such people must be encouraged to come out of their shells and to lead a healthy life that does not give too much significance to looks. They must be explained the significance of pursuing whatever they want in life with full confidence because suffering from Vitiligo does not change the kind of personality they have. Regular counseling may be required for those few who do not improve in spite of all these steps.
What makes vitiligo more painful is not the disease itself but the social stigma. People with vitiligo often go into depression as some exhibit symptoms of anxiety. The social anxiety that comes with suffering from vitiligo is so enormous. Often sufferers would go into a tailspin which makes the situation doubly difficult for everyone including family and friends of sufferers. Vitiligo is not a dreadful disease but the rarity of this condition and the short mindedness of some has made it difficult for sufferers to bear. If you happen to know someone or you have family suffering from the disease, you can make a difference in their lives. Here are some ways that you can help ease the suffering and make life rosier for a vitiligo sufferer.