Take it with you. Bring your journal with you to all your doctor’s appointments. “Let’s say you’re newly diagnosed, and you don’t know what’s causing it,” says Wendy E. Roberts, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in Rancho Mirage, California. “And you’re an adult, say, 30 years old.
“Keeping a journal can be very helpful because you should have had psoriasis earlier in life. So the question that I try to solve, as the dermatologist, is what’s triggering this onset of psoriasis? Why is this thirty-year-old, in the middle of their life, experiencing psoriasis, especially when there’s no family history? Now, that’s when a journal moves up from being a nice thing to a critical source of information.”