Physical stress and emotional stress are often prevalent during the Holidays. Some notice that during these periods they also find their hair thinning. There is a direct connection between stress and hair loss. Stress can cause a more than normal amount of hair follicles to go into telogen effluvium at once, a period of shedding that allows for new hair growth. Typically the follicles go into this period at different times, if the follicles do not go into the period at different phases, one will find that they are losing more than a normal amount. Stress can also contribute to a mental condition called Trichotillomania where a person pulls hair deliberately from their scalp. Both these physical and mental reactions to stress can lead to more stress, thus compounding the existing problem. It is a good idea to see a professional if experiencing abnormal amounts of hair loss.
- 1Although there is no direct causal relationship between anxiety and the various forms of hair loss, your mental condition can most certainly play a role in determining the thickness and overall appearance of your hair.
- 2In most cases, when people believe that emotional stress is causing their hair loss, they are actually experiencing a fairly common condition known as telogen effluvium.
- 3More serious mental health issues can sometimes have more lasting effects.
In most cases, when people believe that emotional stress is causing their hair loss, they are actually experiencing a fairly common condition known as telogen effluvium.
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