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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.

Is stress causing you to lose your hair?

We’ve all heard that stress can cause our hair to fall out – but is this actually true? According to the Mayo Clinic, yes! There are three types of hair loss that are correlated with high stress levels. They are telogen effluvium, trichotillomania, and alopecia areata.
Telogen effluvium – this condition causes hair follicles to be converted into a resting phase. The affected hairs can then fall out suddenly during brushing and washing.
Trichotillomania – this condition has more to do with hair pulling as a coping mechanism for stress. Some individuals utilize hair pulling as a way of dealing with negative feelings, such as stress.
Alopecia areata – although there are many factors that can cause this condition, severe stress is thought to play a role in some patients. Stress can affect our immune system which then attacks our own hair follicles causing hair loss.
The good news about stress related hair loss is that it isn’t permanent for most patients IF you can get your stress under control. Of course, that’s easier said than done. But, the important thing to keep in mind is that living a healthy lifestyle involves more than just adding vegetables to our dinner and going for a walk occasionally. Our mental health plays a huge role in our complete wellbeing. If we don’t take care of all aspects of our wellbeing, we may find that our bodies are negatively impacted.
Here at Modena, Dr. Yazdan specializes in the medical management of hair loss. Our clientele often face extremely stressful environments. We are skilled in evaluating the condition of your hair loss and determining the exact cause, utilizing tests and lab work. Once we know the cause we can begin working towards correcting the problem.
If you think stress is causing your hair loss and you aren’t sure how to reverse or stop the process, give us a call for a consultation.

Depression caused by hair loss

The appearance of our hair plays a big role in our overall appearance. It’s no surprise to many that our self-esteem is directly tied to our mood and self-worth. For those who have experienced hair loss, it is not uncommon for them to suffer from low self-esteem, low self-worth, and depression.
This is especially common in individuals who would not expect to be experiencing the hair loss they are. This can be because they are too young or female, it can also occur when the hair loss is a result of an underlying medical condition. Regardless of the cause of hair loss or demographic of the patient, hair loss can have a tremendous effect on our overall well-being.
If you are experiencing hair loss and are suffering from depression as a result, know that you’re not alone. We all like to look and feel our best. In fact, looking and feeling out best is directly tied to our happiness.
The first step in addressing your hair loss is to visit a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions. After all medical conditions have been ruled out, take comfort in knowing you have options. There have been tremendous advancements in hair restoration both surgical and nonsurgical.
Here at Modena, we specialize in more than just hair transplant surgeries. Dr. Yazdan is skilled in the medical management of hair loss and alternative methods to stimulate hair growth. The best way to fight hair loss is to be proactive. Hair loss, if not treated, often continues to get worse over time. Give us a call today to see what options you may be a candidate for.