The appearance of ichthyosis may cause those affected to become self-conscious. They may feel depressed, have low self-esteem, and/or not want to be seen. The pain and itching associated with ichthyosis may disrupt sleep or everyday activities, causing irritability and poor school/work performance. To help with any emotional problems, therapy groups or individual therapy sessions may be attended. The support of family and friends is helpful as well. Following proper self-care and routines to alleviate symptoms is crucial to optimizing quality of life when living with ichthyosis.