The Psychological Effects of Hair Loss
October 31 2020
Hair loss happens for millions of men and women every day, but when it happens to you, the emotional toll can affect your life. At the Hair Restoration Institute, we have a long menu of hair loss treatments that can help stop or reverse hair loss, but for those who aren’t aware of the many modern treatments available, the psychological effects can continue long after they first notice thinning hair, and these effects can result in mental health conditions such as:
Depression. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a major mood disorder that affects how a person feels, thinks, and acts. It’s a common disorder, but it can be serious because it can lead to actions a person wouldn’t normally take if they weren’t experiencing depression, including suicide attempts. But suicidal thoughts aren’t the only symptom of depression. Many other depression symptoms affect your life, like a sad mood, a loss of interest in enjoyable activities, fatigue, sleep problems, trouble concentrating, and more. It’s easy to become depressed when you discover your hair is thinning because it feels like something that you cannot control, and depression is a common reaction to hair loss.
Anxiety. Anxiety is a reaction to stress. It’s that feeling you get from that fight-or-flight response that puts your body on alert for danger. But when you start to feel anxiety all the time or when it comes from a source that’s not a true danger for you, the anxiety can become an all-encompassing anxiety disorder. According to the American Psychiatry Association, about 30% of Americans feel some anxiety in their lives, so anxiety itself is common. But feeling anxious all the time will take a toll on your body since it causes muscle tension, elevated heart rates, and other physical symptoms. Many people feel anxious when they start to experience hair loss because they anticipate a future with more hair loss and less and less control.
Social phobia. Social phobia is a response to anxiety or depression that causes people to avoid social situations where they feel uncomfortable. It comes from being afraid of being judged or humiliated by others, and it can affect your life when you start to avoid important relationships and events that are important to you. While depression and anxiety focus on inward feelings, social phobia is a fear of how others will react to or feel about you. It’s common to be afraid of how others will react when they learn that your hair is thinning.
All these conditions can be caused by the discovery of thinning hair. They mostly stem from a fear of loss of control, over either what your body is doing (losing hair) or how others will react to it. That’s where self-empowerment can help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with depression, anxiety, or social phobia, the first step is getting professional help from a counselor or psychologist who can treat your disorder. But you can also take steps that directly address your hair loss problem, and we can help at the Hair Restoration Institute. In the past, there were few options for hair loss treatment, but modern science has developed a whole menu of ways that you can treat your hair loss, including:
- Hair transplants: Neograft FUE and advanced FUT transplantation
- Dermal Lens non-invasive hair replacement
- Laser hair loss treatment
- Scalp micropigmentation
- PRP hair loss treatment
- Custom-made wigs
The first step in combating hair loss is a discreet, comprehensive consultation with one of our hair loss specialists at the Hair Restoration Institute. Everyone’s hair is different, so everyone’s hair loss solution will be different. When you make your consultation appointment, our expert medical professionals will assess your individual needs and devise a hair loss treatment that works for you.
For both men and women, discovering that your hair is thinning can take a toll on your mental health. Take action today by scheduling a confidential consultation with one of our hair loss medical professionals at the Hair Restoration Institute. We’ll take a full assessment of your health, your hair loss concerns, and the extent of hair loss and develop a customized treatment plan to help you get thicker, natural looking hair again. You can find us at 8030 Old Cedar Ave S #202 in Bloomington or the Edgewater Town Office Park at 2598 Rice Street in Saint Paul in Minnesota, or at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call 612-588-HAIR (4247) in Minnesota or 817-854-HAIR (4247) in Dallas/Fort Worth for a complimentary consultation.