Monday, October 25, 2010

Psychological Aspects

Vitiligo does not produce any physical symptoms, except for slightly more sensitive skin, in my case. Compared to eczema, with its often unbearable itching, and other chronic skin conditions, vitiligo is quite benign. However, the psychological impact can be devastating for some people.

I have had the condition (mainly on the hands and face - the parts you can't cover with clothing) for several years. I've found that, though it was quite depressing when I first realised what was happening, I worry less and less about it over time. The depigmentation seems to have slowed down a lot and maybe even stopped, but I can''t say I know why. I suspect it has a lot to do with avoiding stress and eating as much fruit and veg as possible. I take a vitamin B supplement, so this may  be helping too. Vitamin B seems to help with stress.

I've even discovered some positives: firstly it's encouraged me to look after my general health, and secondly I've found that it has become a useful way of quickly discerning the nature of others. Some people can be ill-mannered about the appearance of your skin, others treat you as they would any other person. The vitiligo has becomes an invaluable tool with which to discover immediately those people who are worth your time and those who are not. It's not about being judgmental, it's just that life is tough enough without surrounding oneself with judgmental people.

The condition has actually taught me to judge others less on superficial criteria, and to try to find the qualities that matter inside others and myself.

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