Stress and hair loss: Are they related?
Can stress cause hair loss?
Yes, stress and hair loss can be related.
While many cases of stress can be treated with pills or otherwise relaxation techniques, that obviously takes time as any treatment would, and sometimes they don’t actually get rid of the hair loss part of the problem. On the other hand, most hair loss treatments don’t actually address stress related hair loss at all.
The good news is that there are comprehensive hair loss treatments that not only treat hereditary problems, but also stress related problems that may lie only in the follicles or be connected to vitamin deficiencies among others. We created The Hair Wellness Group to help individuals seeking safe and highly effective treatment options..
Three types of hair loss that can be associated with high stress levels are:
- Alopecia areata. A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With alopecia areata, white blood cells attack the hair follicle, stopping hair growth and making hair fall out.
- Telogen effluvium. In this condition, emotional or physical stress pushes large numbers of growing hairs into a resting phase. Within a few months, the affected hairs may fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.
- Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania (trik-oh-til-oh-MAY-nee-uh) is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, anxiety, tension, loneliness, fatigue or frustration.
If you’ve been dealing with hair loss, you should know that there are many new treatments and resources that you can turn to for help. You are not alone if you are losing your hair, as millions of people deal with hair loss every year. The good news is that there is more help available to stop, and in some cases, reverse the symptoms of hair loss. The first step should always be an appointment with your family physician. Some cases of hair loss are caused by serious health conditions, so you’ll want to rule these diseases out before you start looking for the right treatment. Once that is assessed, a visit to a Hair Recovery Specialist is highly advised.
Stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent. If you get your stress under control, your hair may grow back. And if efforts to manage your stress on your own don’t work, talk to your doctor about stress management techniques.