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Psychological impact of alopecia

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1084

Alopecia may lead to social anxiety

  1. Antonio E Nardi, associate professor of psychiatry (
  1. Federal University Rio de Janeiro, R Visconde de Piraja, 407/702, Rio de Janeiro, 22410-003, Brazil

    EDITOR—Hunt and McHale conducted an extensive clinical review about the psychological impact of alopecia.1 Alopecia is psychologically damaging, causes intense emotional suffering, and leads to personal, social, and work related problems.1 2

    Although stressful life events may have an important role in triggering some episodes of alopecia,1 the anxiety symptoms that follow its appearance …

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