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Anxiety and Hair Loss

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Studies show that anxiety is the one of most common causes of hair loss.

 

Anxiety and hair loss have a rather simple and yet complex relationship. Anxiety can, in some cases, trigger hair loss. In other cases, it can make already existing hair loss more severe and make it more difficult to control.

 

There are many symptoms of anxiety and a very common one is hair loss. It has often been found that those who live in constant fear of losing their hair may actually start to lose it by giving themselves so much stress and anxiety that their hair may actually fall out.

 

Hair Loss Is Still Hair Loss

 

If you have thinning hair and a receding hair line, you should see a doctor or a hair specialist in order to control it. However, anxiety is the enemy of your hair. It can lead to conditions that might trigger hair loss, and that will certainly make living with (or without) hair loss far more stressful.

 

Poor, Anxious Hair…

 

Hair loss is never the only symptom of anxiety, or for that matter, anxiety is not the only reason for hair loss. It swings both ways. It is also observed as being very rare for hair loss to happen if your anxiety isn’t severe. Make sure that you get a better understanding of its root cause before acting upon any plan of action. The key issue that strikes common between anxiety and hair loss is stress. Anxiety is understood in many ways, as a long term and persistent stressful behavior. While technically, stress and anxiety are two very separate conditions and even continuous and hypertension and stress on their own can lead to many of the same symptoms. The reality is that anyone dealing with anxiety and stress is putting themselves at severe risk of contracting hair fall and receding hair line.

 

 

 

Stress and anxiety

 

Stress in many cases is the main trigger behind conditions that lead to hair loss. These include:

 

  • Alopecia Areata “ Sudden hair loss in the form of large clumps of hair from around your scalp
  • Telogen Effluvium “ More than the normal amount of hair falls out. It occurs when your body tells more hairs to stop growing than usual
  • Trichotillomania “ This is a serious medical condition caused by stress and anxiety. The person pulls out hairs without even realizing it

 

Treating the root cause

Not all anxiety-related hair loss is permanent.

 

If stress and anxiety are the reasons for your hair loss then reducing anxiety and relaxing more can help bring your hair back.

 

However, there’s always a catch, isn’t there? We have to remember that not all hair comes back after it’s lost regardless of the cause. Considering that your hair loss was natural and not caused by anxiety at all, no matter what, you need to make sure of two very important things.

 

Firstly, you are addressing your anxiety issues to reduce further anxiety related hair loss and secondly, to reduce the anxiety you experience because of your lost hair.

 

Life – (Anxiety+Stress)= Hair Gain

 

Anxiety is just a form of stress. However, when it gets out of hand, it may take our hair with it. It not only affects the way you feel and behave but clearly also has a huge impact on your physical health and appearance. Many people even notice with an increase in hair loss, a deterioration of skin, increased muscle tension and risen levels of skin sebum. But is it all just anxiety?

 

Many observations of the physical symptoms of anxiety sufferers can ensure us that hair loss is certainly not a guaranteed result of prolonged stress or anxiety. In fact, many sufferers may go for years without even showing any major impact on their hair line.

However, stress and anxiety do have an impact on our physical health — but to what extent is an arguable topic.

 

References

 

http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=526620

http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/8591973