Hair loss can happen to both men and women for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s a natural part of aging. For others, it’s a side-effect of either a medical condition or medication. Hair loss is also very common and affects up to 50% of the population, including both men and women. But hair loss can also impact mental health.
Hair Loss Can Cause Self-Consciousness
Many people who experience hair loss are not happy with their appearance. This can have a major impact on their lives. Many suffering from hair loss are self-conscious about going out and living their lives and instead stay at home whenever possible. This has a negative impact on a person’s social life, preventing them from seeing friends and family. In some cases, it can impact work. Hair loss that isn’t treated can result in someone not fully living their lives.
Hair Loss Can Cause Social Anxiety Disorder
People who suffer from hair loss may also result in social anxiety disorder. This is because on top of feeling self-conscious about their appearance, people with hair loss may fear judgment from others. They may worry about feeling humiliated or embarrassed in front of others. Because of this fear of embarrassment and judgment, they may avoid social situations altogether.
Hair Loss Can Cause Depression
Some who suffer from hair loss end up with depression as well. Depression can involve a lack of energy, poor sleep, and lack of interest in activities that used to be enjoyed. Whether the depression comes from avoiding social interaction out of unhappiness with hair loss or whether it causes the social avoidance, depression is a common condition amongst those who also suffer from hair loss.
Hair Loss Can Cause Anxiety
Anxiety is another mental condition that can result from hair loss. People who are losing their hair may worry excessively, whether it’s about the cause of the hair loss or about how others may perceive them. Anxiety can in turn lead to sweating, palpitations, and feelings of tension.
How Can The Mental Side-Effects of Hair Loss Be Treated?
Treating hair loss can be an important step in treating the depression, anxiety, or social anxiety disorder that can accompany it. In some cases, treating the cause of the hair loss may work. If it’s a health condition or a medication causing the hair loss, then switching medications or treating the illness may help. In other cases, such as if someone is undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer, that isn’t possible.
Fortunately, hair replacement can help.
How Can Hair Replacement Help Treat Hair Loss?
Hair replacement is a non-surgical method of replacing lost hair. It’s similar to a toupee, but modern hair replacement is much more natural-looking and can blend in with your own hair. A hair replacement system is also much less expensive than a hair transplant surgery. Here at Image First we love performing hair replacements because of how much it helps people regain their confidence and their ability to live their lives to the fullest.