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Hair Fall Due to Stress – Why Does It Happen and How Do I Stop It?

Hair Fall Due to Stress – Why Does It Happen and How Do I Stop It?

Shedding hair and hair loss is not unusual. It might not be something you have to worry about at most times. However, one of the main causes of hair loss is an overload of stress in a person’s life. How does hair fall due to stress happen? Is it avoidable?

What is the relationship between hair fall and stress?

Do you look at your pillow after a good night’s sleep and see more hairs than usual? Or do you run a brush through your hair and see that there’s almost a whole clump that comes from your scalp? This could be the beginning signs of hair loss. However, you could also just be shedding more than usual.

Hair loss is when the hair stops growing at all, medically called anagen effluvium, and hair fall is merely shedding.

Shedding is usually caused by hair products, drugs, or it might be hereditary. However hair shedding may get worse. Excessive hair shedding is called telogen effluvium.

Both hair loss and hair shedding have treatments, and dermatologists and professionals can be able to help with distinguishing the difference between the two. If you may be confused or concerned with which you may have, it’s best to consult a professional.

What specifically causes hair fall due to stress?

Hair shedding may occur a few months right after a stressful or traumatic event. Examples of these are mothers who have just given birth, or people who have been in events that affected their mental stability. These types of shedding are considered as normal and temporary.

These are one of the most common stressors that might cause excessive hair shedding:

  • Losing more than 20 pounds of weight
  • Just gave birth
  • Went through a recent traumatic event
  • Struck with grief or heartbreak
  • Experiencing dire sickness
  • Recently went through a surgery or operation
  • Recovering from illnesses
  • Halting the use of birth control

As bodies begin to readjust, the excessive shedding will lessen. Within at least nine months, the hair will go back to its normal fullness. However, if the cause for stress continues to persist, the shedding could continue in the long term.

How to Regrow Hair After Pregnancy: Here’s What You Can Do

How can you treat hair fall caused by stress?

Both physical stress and psychological stress can cause shedding and hair loss. Extreme mental strain and physical strain can induce anxiety and intense stress. But physical stressors may be temporary compared to mental stressors.

You may be able to combat physical stress and sometimes even mental stress with changes to your lifestyle and the way you live. Possible lifestyle changes include:

  • Increased exercise
  • Proper diet and nutrition
  • Meditation and relaxing activities
  • Removing things that cause you unnecessary stress

But there are also times that doctors may prescribe medication to relieve you of stress, which in turn may have been causing the hair fall.

Key takeaway

Both physical stress and psychological stress can cause shedding and hair loss. Extreme mental strain and physical strain can induce anxiety and intense stress. But physical stressors may be temporary compared to mental stressors.

You may be able to combat physical stress and sometimes even mental stress with changes to your lifestyle and the way you live. Possible lifestyle changes include:

  • Increased exercise
  • Proper diet and nutrition
  • Meditation and relaxing activities
  • Removing things that cause you unnecessary stress

But there are also times that doctors may prescribe medication to relieve you of stress, which in turn may have been causing the hair fall.

Learn more about Other Mental Health Issues here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Hair loss in Women, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16921-hair-loss-in-women

Accessed March 24, 2021

 

DO YOU HAVE HAIR LOSS OR HAIR SHEDDING?, https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding

Accessed March 24, 2021

 

Hair loss, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hair-loss/

Accessed March 24, 2021

 

Burden of hair loss, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15304082/

Accessed March 24, 2021

 

How Coronavirus Might Be Driving More Stress-Related Hair Loss, https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-coronavirus-might-be-driving-more-stress-related-hair-loss/

Accessed March 24, 2021

 

Can stress cause hair loss?, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/expert-answers/stress-and-hair-loss/faq-20057820

Accessed March 24, 2021

 

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Written by Kirsten Rocamora Updated May 03
Fact Checked by Hello Doctor Medical Panel
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