No-one is happy to
have an illness.
But for the
Italians, there are illnesses which – probably due to
stigma and to the difficulties of everyday living and personal relationships –
may be even more difficult to bear.
This is the picture of Italy’s 1.5
million psoriasis sufferers that emerges from the World
Psoriasis Happiness Report 2017, drawn up by the
Happiness Research Institute. The
report looked at more than 120,000 people in 184 countries who live with
psoriasis, measuring their happiness deficit, comparing
the general population and those with psoriasis in 19 countries, including
Itching, skin desquamation, and
reddening of the skin are the symptoms reported in Italy as being the most
bothersome and prone to interfere with interpersonal relationships
(erroneously), especially if this is associated with motor difficulties.
Difficulty walking is the factor which most affects wellbeing: a happiness deficit of 17.8 per cent.