Extreme stress and anxiety can actually make you lose your hair or cause it to start to thin. If you are experiencing stress and you are losing your hair, see a doctor to learn if you have a condition that may be causing this. If your doctor simply recommends that you lower your stress levels, work on reducing the stress in your life.
So, how exactly does stress cause hair loss? There are several different conditions that connect stress and hair loss. For example, a condition called Alopecia Areata happens when large clumps of hair around your scalp fall out suddenly. This is due to stress and can happen during a large life change, such as getting divorced or having a baby.
Stress can also cause you to pull your hair out, literally. A condition called Trichotillomania causes people to pick and pull out their hair. Often, they don’t even realize they are doing it. It can be described as a nervous habit, to the extreme.
When you notice your hair falling out more than usual, it is called Telogen Effluvium . Of course, everyone loses hair every day, but large clumps are not often normal. Basically, stress can cause your hair follicles to go into a “resting phase.” This means they are not producing new hair strands to replace the ones that fall out.
If you are experiencing hair loss due to stress, first see your doctor. Then, work on lowering your stress levels. Take some time off, do some activities that you love, be around those that make you happy, eat right and exercise, and be sure to laugh! Supplements or medications recommended by a doctor or therapist can also help reduce stress levels so your hair stops falling out.
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