Hair Loss & Anxiety: The Skinny
Stress is a killer, but did you know it can also lead to hair loss? Many Americans today struggle with appearance and hair is no exception. Hair loss affects millions of men and women every year and as a result the hair loss industry is gaining extreme popularity – and while not all anxiety leads to hair loss, this article should help lower your stress because it’s nothing to lose sleep, or hair over.
The Relationship Between Hair Loss & Anxiety The key issue between anxiety and hair loss is stress. While technically these are two separate conditions there has been a long standing debate that ultimately, stress causes hair loss because of stress, not hair loss.
The following conditions are examples of hair loss Illnesses and can vary based on your particular genetics, physical, and mental condition.
- Alopecia Areata – This is the most common hair loss condition where large clumps of hair begin to fall from your scalp.
- Telogen Effluvium – Abnormality where hair prepares to fall out at a faster rate.
- Trichotillomania – Disorder in which individual unknowingly pulls hair from their own scalp due to stress.
It’s probable that those with mild hair loss caused by anxiety are suffering from either telogen effluvium, or simply stress weakened hair. But the other two conditions are also a concern and affect a smaller percentage of anxiety sufferers.
Telogen effluvium occurs when your body tells more hairs to stop growing than usual. Hairs have a grown cycle of two years before stopping and falling out two months later. If your body “tells” more hairs than normal to stop growing, two months later more hairs will fall out.
All of these may be caused by anxiety.
It’s Not All Anxiety
It’s also important to note that while not all hair loss is anxiety related; the two may occur at a similar period of time. Many people that start to suffer from hair loss are at an age with many other stresses, like sleep, careers, and money. Because they happen at the same age they may seem related, but are technically different conditions.
Furthermore, some people start to feel anxiety because they’re experiencing hair loss. In a way, hair loss is their anxiety trigger, and they experience greater levels of anxiety because they are so worried about losing their hair.
And while anxiety can absolutely cause hair to fall out – in some cases in very large clumps – anxiety is not always the problem. Sometimes the problem is simply that your anxiety causes you to think more and care more about your hair than necessary, giving the impression that the two are related.
Relax And It May Come Back
Not all anxiety related hair loss is permanent. Sometimes, if the stress and anxiety are what caused your hair loss, then reducing that anxiety can help your hair come back.
Additionally, not all hair comes back after it’s lost regardless of the cause, and your hair loss may be natural and not caused by anxiety. Still, you need to make sure that you are addressing your anxiety directly in order to both reduce the likelihood of anxiety related hair loss and reduce the anxiety because of your lost hair.
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