Couldn't believe it at first, hadn't heard about it, thought to myself what an awful name for a disease. Then the psoriasis itself took over. Felt like a leper as it was on my face and very prominent. Everyone I knew would reassure me it's okay, but it really knocked my confidence. I went from being very confident and outgoing to suddenly feeling like I want to retreat away. Impacted a lot of things but the strength of my relationship with my now wife kept me going.
Having the right treatment (which took so many attempts to get right) also helped me tremendously. I now have it under control for the most part or at least I know what to do to keep it under control and mentally it's the biggest part of the battle, as well as the fact that it's not on my face any more in as red and angry a way that it used to be.