It’s wonderful to see mental health problems getting talked about as much as they do nowadays. For years, the exposure of these struggles wasn’t there for people who needed it. Thankfully, this is no longer the case.
Anxiety is spoken about in public circles today, but did you know there are physical side effects of anxiety? Is hair loss one of these side effects?
We will discuss how anxiety and hair loss are linked and what you can do about it.
Does anxiety contribute towards hair loss?
The vast majority of men who lose hair do so because they possess the male pattern baldness gene which is passed down your lineage. However, there are instances when other factors can explain the hair loss you might be experiencing, like illnesses and their subsequent treatment or stress.
Anxiety is a form of stress that presents itself differently from the form of stress you might know. We all feel anxiety to some degree, but when it’s uncontrollable or unmanageable, it can be a constant state of dread that is debilitating.
Stress, and included within that is anxiety, can have negative consequences when it comes to your hair. Strong health and getting the right amount of nutrients play a big part in maintaining strong hair; when we’re anxious, our appetite can drop and we might not consume enough vitamins or the right ones that will be beneficial to our hair.
Also, while the link is not exactly straightforward, it’s more likely that the growth stage of your hair cycle won’t be as long as a result of the anxiety that you’re feeling. Your strands need a substantial growth phase to develop as they are unable to do so during the resting phase.
Alopecia areata is a condition that can be instigated by stress or anxiety. Then there are Obsessive Compulsive Disorders that are a form of anxiety, like Trichotillomania. This is when you can’t help but pull hairs from either your head or another part of your body.
What can be done about hair loss because of anxiety?
Sons has a range of medications and other products that can benefit the hair follicles on your scalp so that its environment is better overall, slowing hair loss and potentially promoting hair regrowth.
Minoxidil and Finasteride are the two most effective forms of treatment that can be offered to treat the hair loss you’re experiencing. Within 9-12 months, you should see that your hair loss has slowed, and hopefully halted, to boost the likelihood that you can commence regrowth.
However, we also know that you want to reduce the cause of the issue: the anxiety you’re experiencing. There are professional people you can talk to that will help alleviate the struggles you’re feeling. Keeping a journal to log thoughts helps many people, as does regular exercise and meditation. You need to find what works for you.
For anything else on hair loss, contact the Sons team today.