Alopecia Areata is Associated with Psychosocial Symptoms with Wide-Ranging Impact

August 3rd, 2021

In our Summer Series so far, we’ve been sharing information about the physical symptoms of alopecia areata beyond hair loss on the scalp and body. However, the impact of this autoimmune disease extend beyond physical symptoms. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings revealed that alopecia areata is associated with psychosocial symptoms as well.

Key findings of the survey show that patients with alopecia areata suffer significantly increased psychosocial burdens of this disease including a range of symptoms, significant psychosocial impact that sometimes did not abate over time, and more. Specific findings include:

  • Alopecia areata has a negative impact on many aspects of daily life, extending far beyond cosmetic.
  • Alopecia areata can negatively redirect the course of a patient’s life, culminating in unfulfilled professional and academic aspirations.
  • Alopecia areata can lead to diminished expectations for relationships and family life.
  • Hair loss concealment techniques and treatments were considered unsatisfactory to patients and imposed a significant time and financial burden.

The publication, based on a survey of 216 people with alopecia areata, was conducted in association with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). Concert Pharmaceuticals provided funding to sponsor the research.

The study highlighted both the physical and psychosocial symptoms of alopecia areata.

Concert envisions a whole new future for alopecia areata patients, and we are proud to be developing a potential new treatment for this disease that could help make this future a reality. Until then, we’ll continue to work to raise awareness of the overall impact of alopecia areata and the challenges faced by people with alopecia areata. Follow this blog and our social channels, @ConcertPharma and LinkedIn, for upcoming “Learn the Whole Story” updates.

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