Stress, Depression and Androgenic Alopecia

The last few months have not been the rosiest time in the history of human happiness, has your hair come out the worse for it? Stress and depression are often linked with hair loss in popular perception- Is this accurate? And, if so, how does this information apply to your hair loss?

The logic behind the thinking seems routine: stress causes hair loss- hair loss causes stress- stress from hair loss causes more hair loss. And so goes the vicious circle…

Depression often accompanies stress. The emotional distress of depression is frequently coupled with physical symptoms: fatigue, aches and pains, and digestive issues, and at times – hair loss. 

However, while scientific studies have yet to find a direct correlation between stress and/or depression with permanent hair loss, depression and stress may play an indirect role in the thinning of hair. And, of course, a sudden or significant increase in hair loss can easily become a new source of stress or depression. 

It is important to understand the distinction between stress based hair loss and Androgenic Alopecia, also known as Male Pattern Baldness. Androgenic alopecia is a genetically inherited condition that affects up to 60% of males by the age 50. Therefore, it’s symptoms will manifest based on genetic factors and not lifestyle choices. However, it is important for a sufferer of Androgenic Alopecia to understand that hair thinning caused by stress and depression will not do much to improve the condition of an already balding scalp.

The best way to reduce stress related hair loss is, of course, to reduce one’s stress. Spend more time outside or with friends and family, read a good book, take up skydiving.

Effective treatment of Male Pattern Baldness requires hair transplant surgery. A hair transplant may seem like a lot less fun than simply taking up a new hobby. However, you cannot reasonably expect to treat Androgenic Alopecia, a problem whose genetic causes precede your own birth, by mere lifestyle adjustments. The technology of hair transplant surgery has improved greatly over the last few decades and in the hands of a competent and experienced surgeon the results are priceless. It’s a good thing that we know one-

Dr. Yazdan and his attentive staff would like to explore 100% effective hair loss treatments with you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding stress related hair thinning or hair transplant surgery, please contact us at Modena Hair Institute today for more information. At Modena Hair Institute we pride ourselves on consistently providing our patients with the highest standard of custom hair restoration treatment available, directly tailored to their individual needs. Dr. Yazdan is eagerly awaiting your visit or digital consultation. Contact us today!

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.