Hair loss and psychological problems

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Hair loss and hair prob­lems are very sen­si­tive and not easy to dis­cuss for both men and women. Many peo­ple in this group are unset­tled by hair loss, but also by the unclear infor­ma­tion that leads to hair loss and what can be done about it.

Hair loss is not just a physical condition

Hair loss is not only a phys­i­cal con­di­tion, but can also have sig­nif­i­cant psy­cho­log­i­cal effects. Although it is usu­al­ly worse for women, we should not under­es­ti­mate the impact on men. Hair loss can lead to anx­i­ety attacks, depres­sion and with­draw­al from the social envi­ron­ment.

A lot of research has been done to bet­ter under­stand the psy­cho­log­i­cal effects of hair loss. What we know for sure is that it is very impor­tant that you take the time to think care­ful­ly about what hair loss means to you per­son­al­ly and which treat­ment method best suits your per­son­al life. A well-con­sid­ered choice and objec­tive advice offers the best chances of suc­cess and will be expe­ri­enced by you.

The reac­tions to hair loss that can occur were shown in a large study in America. Especially the psy­cho­log­i­cal side of hair loss has received a lot of atten­tion. These reac­tions include:

Hair loss can make men doubt their mas­culin­i­ty. In most cul­tures, hair has been asso­ci­at­ed with strength and mas­culin­i­ty for cen­turies. Hair loss can sig­nif­i­cant­ly change a man’s appear­ance. It’s nor­mal for peo­ple to start ask­ing ques­tions: Do peo­ple still find me attrac­tive? Will I look old­er? Will it have a neg­a­tive impact on my career? Will my friends laugh at me? These legit­i­mate con­cerns about hair loss can lead to anx­i­ety and pan­ic.

Some men find it dif­fi­cult to admit that they suf­fer from hair loss, even towards them­selves. This caus­es some men to do every­thing they can to hide their hair loss. A clas­sic exam­ple of this is the lat­er­al comb­ing of the hair. It is not uncom­mon for a man to keep his hair loss secret from his own wife. The inabil­i­ty or unwill­ing­ness to accept devi­at­ing hair loss can lead to inef­fec­tive treat­ment meth­ods.

Friends and col­leagues who make fun of hair loss can cre­ate a sense of humil­i­a­tion. It can be very dif­fi­cult to deal with such com­ments. If this per­son takes it vio­lent­ly, it shows that a sen­si­tive nerve has been touched, which often leads to even more harass­ment.

How do I deal with hair loss?

The reac­tions to hair loss described above can cre­ate a sense of despair, and a des­per­ate per­son can make impul­sive and unwise deci­sions.

Fixation can be accom­pa­nied by a form of depres­sion. For exam­ple, men who suf­fer from hair loss at dif­fer­ent points in the head can fix­ate on a spe­cif­ic area (e.g. the crown). The fix­a­tion to a cer­tain area pre­vents them from see­ing their hair loss as a whole.

Not sur­pris­ing­ly, some men are jeal­ous of their girl­friends, who have their heads full of hair.

Although hair loss is com­mon in men, men can feel iso­lat­ed and alone. Traditionally, express­ing feel­ings and wor­ries is con­sid­ered non-male. The open expres­sion of feel­ings is con­sid­ered a weak­ness.

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