General stress is known to cause people to become unwell and have side effects, but did you know that mental health disorders can also cause specific side effects? Today in particular, this blog post is about how mental health can have an impact on our hair. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of different factors, including hormones, genes, age, etc. It can be difficult to identify a specific cause, but I’m going to explain how mental health disorders can cause changes to our hair.
Depression & Anxiety
Anxiety can cause clumps of hair to weaken and fall out either suddenly or in bits. Over time, this can amount to a large amount of hair loss. Anxiety can also be known to cause a person to pull out their hair when they are feeling anxious, thus causing hari loss. Depression can be linked to affecting the quality of your hair, sometimes causing it to become dry and break easily. If a problems such as this persist, please do go and see your GP as they will be able to help you, give advice and recommend the correct (suitable) treatment. Home treatments are a great alternative, but this should never replace seeing a GP and seeking medical advice.
Some medication may have side effects which include hair loss. It’s always advisable to read the information leaflet which comes with your medication. If you are unsure of anything, it’s best to ask any questions you may have to a pharmacist. You may even be able to speak to your GP about an alternative medication which won’t have the same impact on your hair.
Stress related hair loss is usually not permanent – as when our body or mind is put through stress, the hair growth cycle can stop. Once your stressors are removed, the hair growth cycle will begin to return to normal.
Issues such as these can really impact on your confidence, health, self-esteem and wellbeing. It’s important to remember that hair growth doesn’t happen over night. In most cases, hair loss can be treated, even if mental health is the cause of any hair loss. Addressing life’s stressors can help to manage our mental health disorders, thus hopefully improving most symptoms or side effects.