Stress and Hair Loss

You’ve always dreamed of the big pay cheque but seemingly, with great responsibility comes high risk of hair loss. So, be careful what you wish for. But not all hair loss is stress related, so what are the options outside of zenifying your life?

According to a recent survey, 75% of women say their hair loss was directly related to periods where increased levels of stress were experienced. It is thought that more and more women are losing their hair because their lives are becoming increasingly more stressful as they endeavor to strike a balance between their careers and domestic lives.

Furthermore, 20% of British people, taking home a pay cheque of over £75,000 per annum, blamed work related stress for their hair loss. Of those surveyed and who earned approximately £15,000 and less, only 10% blamed work related stress. It seems obvious that bigger earners have greater responsibility and with that comes greater levels of stress. We don’t need a survey to tell us that. But, it does highlight the increasing problem of stress related hair loss across both sexes.

Men lose their hair anyway, well, many do because it’s hereditary, but according to the survey, of the men questioned, 50% say that their hair loss was caused by work stress.  More women than ever are anxious because there are little or no cures for hair loss known to be safe for women to use. A huge percentage of women, 30%, say they suffer from thinning or baldness so what can we do about it?

Men who experience hair pattern baldness can take Propecia and this is reported to be a very successful drug with 2 out of 3 men who use it reporting some hair growth within the first 3 to 4 months. Unfortunately, it is very dangerous for women to take. Women also experience female pattern hair loss that causes substantial thinning of the hair and Minoxidil 2% is the only treatment approved by the FDA for treatment. There are reports that with continued use, this treatment is successful. You can contact a doctor at Private Doctor Direct to discuss hair loss treatments free of charge.

Whether a woman experiences hair loss because of stress, hereditary hair loss, or other underlying health issues, their form of hair loss can be diagnosed based on the age of the woman, whether or not she has experienced hormonal changes i.e. whether the levels of androgens (male hormones) have increased in her system. For example, many women around the age of menopause notice that the hair on their head has thinned but their facial hair is thicker or more noticeable. Of course, if there is a history of pattern baldness among the women of the family, then it is down to genetics.

Outside of stress relief, there is little available in terms of treatment, but as all health professionals say, the problem is permanent unless patients recognise they suffer from hair loss and seek treatment immediately. 

You can read more about htis study at this online resource.