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How Chronic Stress Leads To Hair Loss

Posted by
 Dr Batra’s™  July 6, 2021

Stress and other psychological conditions are common in patients with chronic diseases. According to the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), stress activates the sympathetic nervous system and depletes melanocytestem cells (that coordinate for regeneration of pigmented hair follicles), leading to premature hair graying. There is an association between how we feel and how our immune system functions. The study suggests that chronic stress impairs the hair follicle stem cells, confirming that stress can lead to hair loss.

The types of hair loss that can be associated with severe stress levels are:

  1. Telogen effluvium; significant stress forces a large number of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hair might fall out with just combing or washing your hair.
  2. Trichotillomania or hair-pulling disorder is the irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling disorder can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, tension, loneliness, boredom or frustration.
  3. Alopecia areata occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles and is triggered by severe stress. For most patients, alopecia areata is a traumatic disease with comorbidities that require addressing the ‘emotional aspect of hair loss’ as well.

Stress and hair loss need not be permanent. If you control your stress, your hair might grow back.

If you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or excessive hair loss when combing or washing your hair, just consult your hair doctor. Sudden hair loss can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that requires immediate treatment.

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Symptoms Of Stress

According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),stress and depression may be caused by a combination of your genes, the environment, your brain biology and various life experiences. The symptoms of severestress are:

  • Low energy
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/orability.

It’s important to remember that each person will experience stress and depression in a different way.

Treatment for Stress and Depression

Stress and depression are mental illnesses and can be treated. The treatment options for people suffering from stress and depression symptoms fall into two broad categories: medications and communication (or psychotherapy).

There are different types of therapies that focus on helping you overcome your negative thinking, work through troubled relationships or cope wit hany stressful life experiences. When psychotherapy alone isn’t enough, some conventional medications may also help relieve stress and the symptoms of stress and depression. These medications can help the way your brain uses certain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, that control your mood or stress and depression. These conventional medications can affect the neurotransmitters in different ways and have certain side-effects. So, it’s important to consult your doctor to find a treatment that suits you.

In addition, there are certain lifestyle changes that can be undertaken to improve your state of mind. These include:

  • Learn all about stress and depression and how it impacts you.
  • Exercise and activity. Set realistic and achievable goals.
  • Spend time with your loved ones.
  • Delay your crucial life decisions such as, getting married, divorced or changing jobs, until you feel better.

Be gentle with yourself during this time of recovery—don’t expect to ‘snap out’ of your sadness or feeling low immediately. Stress and Depression are diseases and like any disease, it can take time for the symptoms to go away.

Hair Loss Treatment

There are some natural hair loss treatments, such as applying onion or garlic juice, cooled green tea, almond oil, rosemary oil, honey or coconut milk on the scalp. Being a good source of vitamin C, onions may support the building and maintenance of collagen. Collagen provides structure to skin and hair. According to a research study published in The National Library of Medicine (NLM), green tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds. It also assists digestion, improves heart and mental health and regulates body temperature.

Additionally, homeopathic medicine for hair gets to the root-cause of the hair fall problem and provides long-lasting results. As per the research study published in the Tantia University Journal of Homeopathy and Medical Science, autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata, the underlying causes—genetics or hormonal, stress and depression can be treated effectively with homeopathy.

Homeopathic medicine not only treats the physical complaints, but also restores the mind and body equilibrium. Homeopathic medicines for hair fall are made from natural substances and therefore have no harmful effects.

If you experinence hair loss due to stress and wonder if this condition is affecting your mental health, we advise you to seek medical assistance. Treating stress and depression at its earliest stage can have a great impact on your overall health and Quality of Life (QoL).

Read about the homeopathy treatment for hair loss:

Hair Loss Scheme



Hair Regrowth Treatment

Dr Batra’s®UAE combines homeopathy and aesthetics to provide the best treatment for hair loss due to stress. The aesthetic treatment helps to enhance the volume and density of your existing hair (results may vary individually).US FDA approved, Hair Vitalizing Treatment (HVT) is recommended as a supplementary treatment to make your hair strong and regain vitality.

We recommend that you take the Dr Batra’s® hair loss evaluation test in order to assess the current state of your hair problems. A homeopathic doctor will strategize a customised hair treatment plan for your hair regrowth. Book an appointment with Dr Batra’s® and let our expert combination of homeopathy and technology provide the most suitable hair growth treatment for you.

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