Volume 7 Issue 4 (July-August), 2021

Original Articles

To assess psychiatric morbidities of patients diagnosed with Alopecia
Anita Thakur, Rajeet Kumar

Background: Alopecia Areata (AA) is a skin disease with unknown etiology. The antidepressant effect of citalopram on treatment of AA in patients with major depressive disorder supports this close association. Hence; the present study was undertaken for assessing psychiatric morbidities of patients diagnosed with Alopecia. Materials & methods: A total of 100 patients diagnosed with alopecia were enrolled. Compete demographic and clinical details of all the patients were obtained. Patients with diabetes, hypertension or any other systemic illness were excluded. Physical examination of all the patients was carried out. Psychiatric morbidity among all the patients was assessed. All the results were recorded and analysed by SPSS software. Results: Psychiatric morbidity was seen in 41 percent of the patients. 46.37 percent of the patients with psychiatric illness were having depression while anxiety was seen in 29.27 percent of the patients. Delirium was seen in 19.51 percent of the patients. Mean age of the patients with psychiatric illness was 42.5 years. Among the 41 patients with psychiatric illness, 29 were males and 12 were females. Conclusion: In our study population, anxiety and depression are common psychological problems in AA patients. Key words: Alopecia, Psychiatric illness

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