Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that alters one's appearance. Some define it as a cosmetic disease despite evidence that substantial psychosocial burden is associated with it. As a physician, support group leader, consultant for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, and patient, I discuss the evidence behind the psychosocial impact of alopecia areata and the importance of comprehensive treatment.
Rodgers, A. R. (2018, January 1). Why Finding a Treatment for Alopecia Areata Is Important: A Multifaceted Perspective. Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings. Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jisp.2017.10.008