||Alopecia areata discussion forum (Alopecia)
||When one of my daughters developed alopecia areata and lost most of her hair several years ago, my perception on the nature and effects of the condition markedly changed. Ever since, I have focused some of my efforts in helping others, primarily children, with the condition. Thus far my most gratifying endeavor has been the creation of a list server and a FAQ (frequently asked questions) on alopecia areata. In sharing the experience of our list server, I initially found a pervasive feeling of helplessness. I realized that alopecia areata was stressful both to parents and children. The new era of managed care has brought forth frustrated parents who do not understand the medical interventions and their side effects, or think that they have lost control over the future outcome of their children. Parents ask themselves how will the condition affect their children physically and emotionally? What can they do to help them? At the same time younger affected children are depressed thinking they may have caused the condition.
--Manuel F. Casanova, M.D.
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