Alopecia areata is not
medically disabling; persons with alopecia areata are usually in excellent
health. But emotionally, this disease can be challenging, especially for those
with extensive hair loss. One of the purposes of the National Alopecia Areata
Foundation is to reach out to individuals and families with alopecia areata and
help them live full, productive lives. There are thousands of successful,
well-adjusted, contented people living with this disease. The emotional pain of
alopecia areata can be overcome with one's own inner resources, sound medical
facts, and the support of others. Sometimes professional counseling from a
psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker is needed to develop one's
self-confidence and positive self-image.
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