Dr. Sanam Hafeez Breaks Down Alopecia And Its Physical & Mental Effects

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What is alopecia? Dr. Sanam Hafeez will be breaking down the disease and explaining the physical and mental effects in a LIVE interview.

On Sunday, March 27th, 2022, the 94th annual Academy Awards took place on ABC. Those who watched the Oscars live, witnessed Will Smith slap Chris Rock across the face after the comedian made a “tasteless” joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.

Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about having alopecia back in 2018. She spoke about her diagnosis on her Facebook Watch Show, Red Table Talk.

On the Red Table Talk episode that aired in 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith told her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris and her daughter, Willow Smith that “It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear.” She said, “that’s why I cut my hair — and why I continue to cut it.” Jada continued by saying, “my hair has been a big part of me. Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual, you know? And having the choice to have hair or not, and then one day to be like, ‘Oh, my God, I might not have the choice.’”

Women.com wants to learn more about alopecia and will be interviewing, Dr. Sanam Hafeez on Wednesday, March 30th. Tune in live at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST to learn more about alopecia and understand a little more behind Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars.

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles and stops hair growth on the scalp, face, and other areas of the body. Alopecia areata affects as many as 6.8 million people both male and female. Various ages from various ethnic groups can be diagnosed with alopecia.

There are various types of alopecia and it affects everyone differently. Alopecia areata is the most common and this includes bald patches. Alopecia totalis affects 1-2% of cases. People diagnosed with Alopecia totalis will lose all of their hair from the scalp. They will also lose their eyelashes and eyebrows. The most serious case and rarest form of alopecia is alopecia universalis. Alopecia universalis causes the entire body to lose hair. This is so rare that only 1 in 100,000 people will experience this.

When it comes to the causes of alopecia, there isn’t a known factor. Doctors believe that it can be due to genes, hormones, nutrition, stress, and thyroid issues.. Sadly, alopecia cannot be prevented and there is no cure for alopecia. Some are fortunate and eventually, their hair can grow back but for others, their hair falls out again.

About Dr. Sanam Hafeez

Dr. Hafeez is an NYC Neuropsychologist. She is the Founder and Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services. Dr. Hafeez is a well-respected psychologist who founded CCPS to continue special education and mental health advocacy.

Due to Dr. Hafeez’s expertise, she has been featured numerous times on television, media, and print. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, CNN, CBS, NBC, FOX, and WPIX new shows as well as, Fortune magazine, WebMD, Yahoo! Health, MSN Health and Lifestyle, Business Insider, and US News and World Report. Today, she serves as an advocate and continues to spread mental health awareness.

Women.com is looking forward to speaking with Dr. Hafeez about alopecia to better understand the seriousness of the situation. Be sure to tune in live on Wednesday the 30th at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST.

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