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Depression, Anxiety Prevalent in Alopecia Areata

Key clinical point: Depression and anxiety are common among alopecia areata patients, and those who meet physical activity guidelines report improved mental health.

Major finding: About two-thirds (66%) of patients with alopecia areata reported extremely severe anxiety, and 47% reported being extremely depressed. Patients who did not meet guidelines for physical activity were significantly more likely to report depression, anxiety, and stress than those who met physical activity guidelines.

Study details: The data come from a study of 83 adults aged 18 to 65 years with a diagnosis of alopecia areata.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Rajoo Y et al. BMC Psychol. 2019. doi: 10.1186/s40359-019-0324-x.