Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common problem that affects up to 50% of men and women throughout their lives. Hair loss can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly affects the scalp. Abundant scalp hair has societal and cultural importance. Loss of scalp hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes frequently leads to psychological distress. We sometimes overlook the importance of the psychological effects of hair loss. Not only can hair loss impact one’s confidence and self-esteem but it can often cause deeper psychological issues.

Research has shown that the experience of hair loss is psychologically damaging, causing intense emotional suffering, and often leading to personal, social, and work-related problems. The loss of hair changes a person’s looks, particularly when the eyelashes and eyebrows are affected as they define a person’s face. Hair loss may be seen as a failure to conform to the norms of physical appearance within society. The relationship between hair loss and psychosocial consequences may be complicated since hair loss may due to stress in the first place, which then leads to further distress, anxiety, and depression. Women who experience high levels of stress are 11 times more likely to experience hair loss than those who do not report high stress levels. 

Hair loss may lead to depression, anxiety, and social phobia. Depression can lead to a feeling of low mood, lack of interest or pleasure in activities, loss of energy, and sleep deprivation. Anxiety may cause excessive worrying, difficulty in controlling those feelings, and a feeling of heightened tension. Patients may also complain of  physiological symptoms such as, palpitations and sweating. Social anxiety disorder is characterized by the fear of humiliation or being judged negatively in social situations as well as the avoidance of such social or performance situations. These symptoms can have a severe impact on an individual’s mental health, ability to work or study, and well-being.

Even though it is crucial to seek the help of a mental health professional, the root of the problem can only be fixed with one way. A hair transplantation. At Swiss Luxury Clinic, we offer the best medical and technical experience in a luxurious environment in order for you to have the procedure you need and win your life back. Full hair is a sign of beauty, health, and youth. It’s time to regain your confidence!

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