These days our lives seem to be getting increasingly more fast-paced and complex. Even those that prefer a more quiet lifestyle can end up being barraged with things that can lead to increasing and eventually debilitating levels of stress. A lot of people assume that mental issues such as depression, stress, and anxiety can’t manifest in physical symptoms; this is far from the case. Hair loss caused by stress is something that can and does happen; some people even develop a disorder that results in them pulling out their hair compulsively as a form of coping mechanism for emotional distress.
While in a lot of people it doesn’t necessarily, however, at a particular point, stress can start having causing physical manifestations. Sometimes these are things like chronic picking at your hands or other areas, or sometimes it’s more direct things like hair loss. Excessive stress can result in the hair being forced into the “resting” phase and stops you producing new hair as efficiently. When this happens to you, it is called telogen effluvium, which can also be caused by things that cause dramatic hormonal shifts such as pregnancy, menopause, thyroid problems, and more issues that cause dramatic changes to the delicate balance of hormones in your body.
Sometimes it can not be evident that stress has caused hair loss, especially if you have an extremely stressful life event that has since calmed down. The mechanism that results in hair loss from stress takes time to become apparent, so typically you may not notice any real changes at all until 6-12 weeks after you have experienced a stressful event or your stress levels have reached a point where they are severe enough they are starting to affect your hair and disrupting the natural cycle of hair growth and hair fall.
Alopecia areata, if you weren’t already aware, is essentially a form of hair loss that forms in more specific areas rather than a general loss of hair in the broader sense. Often this form of hair loss results in circular shaped areas where the hair is missing, frequently around the size of a coin, but this can vary quite a bit in both extremes. You are likely wondering what causes alopecia areata is you aren’t familiar with it, and it’s widely considered to be a form of autoimmune disorder. In the same way, other autoimmune disorders can cause your body to start to target parts of your own body and begin to treat them as foreign and enemies. What causes it to occur is not completely understood, however, it is commonly correlated with sudden life shock, extreme stress, illness, injuries, and other difficult to deal with events a person can face.
Stress and other mental issues such as anxiety can result in hair-pulling. This condition is called trichotillomania and be quite a struggle to stop doing once it starts. Consisting of an irresistible urge to pluck and pull hair, sometimes without even really noticing you may be doing it. The result can vary, especially in intensity and where the person is pulling the hair from but commonly results in bald patches of various sizes. It can be an extremely stressful problem to develop, further feeding into the cycle, potentially making it worse. If you suffer from this problem the best way to treat trichotillomania is to seek the help of an experienced psychologist or another mental health professional and try and reduce any causes of stress that may be exacerbating your symptoms.
If you think you may have hair loss associated with stress, consult the experienced staff at Skin Club in Melbourne and have your hair and scalp assessed. There is a massive range of potential reasons you could be experiencing hair loss so it’s essential to visit a clinic where the staff are skilled at not just treating hair loss, but discovering the underlying cause and ruling out factors that may be contributing to the problem. Book an obligation-Consultation today and see what might be causing your hair loss problem and what you can do to get your hair thicker and luscious again.