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Emotional and Psychological Effects

Hair Loss Facts

       Hair plays a significant role in our lives, and a hair loss remedy is therefore much more than a medical need: it's a social one. We are bound by the emotional and psychological effects of losing hair. Another person's hair is one of the first characteristics we notice upon meeting. Our own hair is one of the first and last things we attend to before a meeting or a social engagement. Hair disorders, especially when severe, often profoundly affect the lives of those afflicted. Severe hair loss evokes not only cosmetic concerns but may also evoke feelings of vulnerability (nakedness), loss of self-esteem, alterations in self-image, and perhaps, even self-identity.

       A hair loss remedy can then return self-confidence to the patient. Hair represents youth, vitality, energy, even fertility - attributes no woman or man wants to be without, no matter what age, be it young or old. Emotional and psychological effects are real and powerful.

       A renowned but unsympathetic dermatologist once said, chuckling, "We know hair is totally unnecessary." There are those that cannot understand why hair matters so much to women and men. While it's true that hair is not necessary for survival in the way the heart or kidney is, human life is more than survival.

       Most take their hair for granted and have no particular reason to reflect on what it means to them. When it starts to fall out however, everything is different. Women with Alopecia voice that they are embarrassed and ashamed. Though there is no reason for this. Alopecia is not the woman's fault. These feelings seem nearly universal with hair loss. Some women with Alopecia are even reluctant to go out of the house for fear that someone, even a stranger, might notice her hair is thin.

       Throughout the ages, men have searched for an answer to hair loss. Today, men and women react in a variety of ways when they begin to lose their hair. Before rushing off to find a solution, it's important to understand the psychology behind it all.

       There are many reactions to hair loss. Denial plays a large part in reactions and emotions as to how some feel about their hair loss. The most important and most difficult part of understanding the psychology of hair loss is recognizing and coping with denial. Only then can one suffering from hair loss undergo an accurate assessment of his or her conditions and research available treatment options.

       Fear and desperation cause many to panic at the sight of their thinning hair. They worry about how attractive they will appear to others or whether they will be considered for job promotions or how they will be accepted in social settings.

       Humiliation is another major psychological affect of losing one's hair. Men often complain about friends using them as a source for jokes, ultimately putting them on the defensive. After being humiliated by their hair loss, many men go to desperate measures to ease their emotional pain and engage in impulsive behaviour. Spending thousands on special creams, tonics and sprays that will not bring back the hair, but will soon empty their pockets!

       Many will focus intently on the loss of their hair as they become fixated. Hours and hours are spent in front of the mirror studying the progress of the hair loss. How many hairs have come out today? How many went down the drain this morning in the shower? Much time is also spent trying to find ways to cover up the hair loss.

       Of course one cannot leave out the feeling of jealousy. Some can't help thinking that they are the only one without hair. They start to see others differently; they begin to believe that people with hair have better lives, better jobs, and even better partners. Because their hair is falling out, they may feel all these life things are out of reach.

       Moving beyond jealously, they may feel isolated. Even though thousands of men and women experience hair loss and share the same feelings, each person tends to feel completely alone. It's important to realize that they are not alone and that there are people to talk to and people to help them get their life back.

       Keep in mind that some Alopecia problems do solve themselves and those individuals will gain back all or most of their hair. But, unfortunately in a lot of cases, something triggers (usually stress related) and a few years later, it can be all lost again.


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