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Worried about hair loss? You may lose more hair because of 'worry'

Worried about hair loss? You may lose more hair because of 'worry'

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Dr Batra’s™

Everyone loses hair from the head every single day. Nevertheless, if you are losing more than usual, or losing lots of hair from one particular patch on your scalp, there could be an underlying cause. The possible hair loss causes include temporary illness, pregnancy, underlying health conditions like an underactive thyroid, medical treatment like chemotherapy, and emotional stress. It is a well-established fact that hair loss can be related to emotional stress or anxiety. And if you are worried about hair loss, then you might lose even more hair just because you are worried! Read on to know more.

Can stress cause hair loss?

There is usually about a three-month delay between the stressful event or time period and your hair falling out. Unless there is another underlying medical reason for your hair loss, it should only last for as long as you are going through that particular period of stress or anxiety. During this time, more hair on your head is in the resting phase. This does not mean that your hair follicles are dead or that your hair will stop growing altogether. Your normal hair growth and regrowth pattern should return to usual a few months after your stress levels go back down to regular.

Why can stress make your hair fall out?

Whenever you are stressed or anxious, your body produces what’s known as the ‘fight or flight response.’ This is when your body is making extra hormones to prepare it to deal with whatever it thinks of as being a potential threat. This change in your hormonal levels can have effects in your body. When these additional hormones are made, they can affect the growth patterns of the hair follicles on your scalp.

Different types of stress-related hair loss

Stress can lead to different conditions that cause hair loss on its own. These include the following.

  • Telogen effluvium: This is when your body tells more hair than usual to stop growing across your scalp.
  • Alopecia areata: This is when you lose big clumps of hair in patches around your scalp. Watch this video to know why your hair falls out.
  • Trichotillomania: This is when you pick and pull out hair on your head or around your body without realising you are doing it.

Worrying about hair loss can be a spiteful cycle. It is quite easy for people to get anxious about losing their hair, which then, in turn, raises stress levels and can cause even more hair to fall out. The most important thing to try to do is to reduce your stress levels. This will help keep your body and scalp as healthy as possible.

How do you treat stress-related hair loss?

Homeopathy is by far the safest form of hair loss treatment. Homeopathy is mind-body medicine. Homeopathy treats your physical complaints and also targets your mind in order to gently restore the body-mind equilibrium – thus it treats you as a whole. This makes homeopathy an excellent solution for hair problems related to mind such as telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, or trichotillomania. Homeopathic medicine is absolutely free from any side effects. Homeopathic remedies help to reduce hair loss and also protect your body from any risky effects such as decreased libido or ejaculation problems that are common with conventional remedies.

Read More: Did you know that you may lose hair because of stress? Holistic treatments like homeopathy help.


Stress causes hormonal disturbances in the body like thyroid problems, PCOS which are also known to cause hair loss and are very effectively treated with homeopathy. If you have lost lots more hair than usual or you are worried that your hair is thinning, book an appointment and visit your nearest homeopathy clinic.

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