The Adverse Psychological Effects of losing Your Hair

Clinical research has revealed a number of different causes of hair loss including chemotherapy treatments, genetics, prescription medications for other health issues, and an underactive thyroid gland just to name a few. For many individuals, alopecia or hair loss and thinning hair can result in lowered self-esteem and cause other emotional or mental issues such as anxiety, avoidance tendencies, and depression. So why is men’s and women’s hair loss so psychologically devastating?

Most physicians and psychologists contend that it’s a cultural thing. A full head of hair is associated with beauty, good health, and youth in nearly every society in the world. Human beings have been enhancing their appearance in a number of different ways, one of which is their hair style. It’s what defines them and makes them feel attractive. However, when you start losing your hair or you hair starts thinning it can have adverse emotional and mental effects.

Hair loss affects nearly 1/6 of the American population. It is not gender-specific, but it’s more common in men than women. Yet neither one wants to admit that it has adverse psychological effects on them. For many men, it detracts from their self-confidence and is almost emasculating. Furthermore, continually worrying about losing your hair will only compound the problem. Emotional turbulence and stress encourages more hair loss and can spark a vicious upsetting cycle.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, there are several benefits to having a full head of hair. While those benefits may not be immediately apparent, we were all use to having plenty of hair when we were younger. So the impact of hair loss becomes apparent as we grow older. Regardless of how you style your hair, having enough to do so denotes good physical health and vitality. As an example, a bald man is presumed to be older than a man the same age with a full head of hair.

Self-confidence and self-esteem are not just about having a full head of hair although that fact definitely helps. For example, its one thing to look and feel confident, but being perceived as such is equally if not more so important. Remember, the way in which others perceive and treat you is equally as critical as the way you feel about yourself. Unfortunately, we cannot wish the hair we’ve lost to regrow without some kind of help, surgical or otherwise. Taking the initiative and consulting with a hair restoration specialist has been the first step in the right direction for many individuals.