Neuroendocrine perspectives in alopecia areata: Does stress play a role

Ralf Paus, Petra Arck

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Until recently, the popular notion that psychoemotional stress can have an impact on hair growth has been treated with skepticism and assigned to the realm of folklore by many authorities. Yet it has long been appreciated that episodes of alopecia areata (AA) have occurred after severely stressful life events (Reinhold, 1960; Whitlock, 1976). This has triggered debates about whether AA should be considered a psychosomatic disorder (Misery and Rousset, 2001; Willemsen et al., 2009).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1324-1326
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology


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