Psychosocial aspects of Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is a disease of the hair follicles that leads to partial or total hair loss in the scalp or body. The etiology is partly unknown but is probably of autoimmune origin. Psychological factors can contribute to the disease, either as a trigger or by perpetuating the disease. Especially life events, e.g. separation or loss are suggested as risk factors. Patients often complain that their disease is considered a cosmetological problem in healthcare. Stigmatization and mental illness increase the burden of disease. The purpose of the study is to describe the frequency of different stress factors and feelings of stress and stigma and to deepen the knowledge through qualitative studies and thereby choose the care for these patients.