It sounds like you already have a diagnosis. But a visit to a derm will provide you with your options. Some experience success with treatment, others do not. There are many folks who are diagnosed and within a year all hair returns. Visit NAAF (National Alopecia Areata
Foundation www.naaf.org) for more information. And the social networking site: www.Alopeciaworld.com is also a wonderful resource that can provide much needed support. I've had alopecia for 25 years myself. To read my story, visit www.2ndnaturehair.com. Best of luck to you!