Alopecia areata, anxiety, and depression: Are they related? A systematic review
Keywords:Alopecia areata, Anxiety, Depression
AbstractBackground: Alopecia areata, more commonly abbreviated as AA, is a type of hair loss that is brought on by an autoimmune condition that has an uncertain prognosis. Alopecia areata, a condition that has been hypothesized to play a role in the onset of psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression, has been the subject of a large number of previous investigations; however, these studies have yielded conflicting findings. Methods: PRISMA 2020 guidelines served as the basis for this study's methodology. We comprehensively searched the Pubmed Embase and SagePub databases from the time of their inception to January 15th, 2023. There were no constraints on the publishing year or the age of the participants. Results: A total of 6398 patients with AA from eight studies that meet the inclusion criteria were found. There were six cross-sectional studies and two case-control studies. The current investigation showed that patients with AA have a high prevalence of psychiatric illnesses, especially anxiety, and depression. Conclusions: This study shows that the level of anxiety and depression in patients with alopecia areata is higher than in controls. Keywords: Alopecia areata, anxiety, depression,
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