First, let’s face it! All of us are stressed, overworked and tired of our lives. Today, at least 70% of us say this almost 80% of the time. But did you know that the very worry that you are stressed can actually be bad for you? Yes, the more we fret about being stressed out, the worse it will get. While we are not advocating that you ignore it but rather, deal with it. Accept that you are stressed and use the negativity to work smarter instead of just harder. Also, keep in mind that stress can and will lead to other problems like depression, loss of energy and even hair loss. Yes, hair loss too! Read on to know more.
Stress and Hair loss
As we all know, stress is our body’s way of reacting to environmental and other changes that affect us on a physical, mental or even emotional level. But were you aware that there are different types of hair loss triggered by stress?
- Telogen Effluvium
- Alopecia Areata
The first type of hair loss is when hair completely stops growing and even the existing hair falls out in about 45-60 days. In most cases, the hair does grow back in about 7 months or so but that again depends on stress levels. The scientific terminology for hair loss of this kind is, Telogen Effluvium The main cause is extreme physical or emotional stress which forces hair into resting mode and stops growth. Eventually this also leads to hair fall while combing or brushing.
The second type is known as Alopecia Areata which is caused by really excessive stress. This is when hair falls out in patches or even completely in a sudden, short period of time. Here’s an explanation, when a patient is suffering from this Alopecia Areata, the white blood cells of his or her body will attach the hair follicles and this causes hair growth to be restricted or even stop completely.
The third type of hair loss, which is perhaps the most bizarre and weirdest of all of them, is known as Trichotillomania. This is an uncontrollable urge to pull out hair from your scalp or even other parts of one’s body. Medical experts sight this unusual behaviour as a way to cope with tension, anxiety, frustration, stress, fatigue or even loneliness.
So as you see stress is indeed a major reason for hair loss and can lead to drastic problems. We all do face stressful situations in our lives and there is nothing abnormal in it. However, what matters is how we deal with the stress and manage it. Also, on a different note, if you feel your hair loss is due to reasons other than stress, such as genetic or hormonal, it is best that you consult a doctor. In today’s times, there are many modern as well as natural therapies and medications available that can take care of hair loss and even promote hair growth without any side-effects or long term concerns.