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Int J Dermatol. 1994 Dec;33(12):849-50.

Alopecia areata and increased prevalence of psychiatric disorders.

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Department of Dermatology, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The relationship between psychiatric disorders and alopecia areata has not been well studied. Although previous reports have been unable to correlate psychiatric illness with hair loss, a recent study determined that 74% of patients with alopecia areata (AA) under evaluation had one or more lifetime psychiatric diagnoses.

METHODS:

Two hundred and ninety-four community-based patients with alopecia areata responded to a detailed questionnaire distributed by Help Alopecia International Research, Inc. The prevalence of psychiatric disorders was determined using diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IIIR).

RESULTS:

Major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and paranoid disorder were all present in patients with alopecia areata at rates significantly higher than in the general population.

CONCLUSIONS:

Alopecia areata patients are at a higher risk of developing psychiatric comorbidity during their clinical course.

PMID:
7883407
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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