DEAR MAYO CLINIC : Is it true that chronic stress can cause hair loss, and if so, is the hair loss reversed once the stress is lessened?
Stress is not worth losing your head of hair over. Does stress cause hair loss? Can too much stress make you bald? These are questions adult men ask everyday. The truth is yes stress can trigger hair loss in some cases. In others it might be just your genetic makeup.
How does stress cause hair loss? Stress causes two types of hair loss; Telogen Effluvium and Alopecia Areata. The first is the rapid shedding of hair on top of the head and body. This does not lead to baldness in the common sense but the hair grows back thinner than before. There are other triggers that cause this as well. They range from pregnancy to massive weight loss. The other type Alopecia Areata is patchy hair loss. This type can affect areas all over the body. Normally the hair grows back within a few months to a year.
How to prevent your hair loss because of stress? Simple. Try preventing your stress before it happens and making use of different types of relaxation techniques. Meditation and yoga are both great ways to reduce your stress and have been found to cause plenty of health benefits. If you cannot avoid your stress or relaxation techniques do not work for you, try looking at the big picture. Focus on things that matter most to you and say you are putting up with this stress for them. For example if work is your main stressor, tell yourself you are doing this for your family or for that vacation you are planning.
In conclusion, stress can lead to hair loss but not male pattern baldness. Sometimes it is in your genes. If you are interested in learning more about stress management certification programs then the American Institute of Health Care Professionals is a great place to start.
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