How to Mentally Overcome Alopecia Areata?
Though the signs and symptoms of alopecia typically do not cause physical pain, many people with this hair problem suffer with emotional or psychological pain. This type of pain is as serious (and can feel the same) as physical pain and can lead to the feelings of sadness, depression and anxiety.
Depression and other psychological conditions are common in people with chronic diseases. According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), patients with chronic medical conditions, such as alopecia areata, are at a higher risk of developing depression than people who don’t experience any serious health issues. There is a connection between how we feel and how our immune system functions.
Alopecia areata occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles and may occur due to severe stress. For most patients, alopecia areata is a traumatic disease with comorbidities that require addressing the ‘emotional aspect of hair loss’ and the ‘hair loss itself’. People who have alopecia areata commonly report a variety of responses related to their hair disease, including:
- Feeling alone, withdrawn and isolated
- Feeling guilty that their hair disease is affecting their loved ones
- Fearing social stigma
- Experiencing loss and grief
- Frantically searching for hair loss treatments
- Embarrassment and anger
Symptoms Of Depression
According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression may be caused by a combination of your genes, the environment, your brain biology and various life experiences. The symptoms of depression are:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or ‘empty’ mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being ‘slowed down’
- Difficulty in concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Difficulty in sleeping, waking up or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, including suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent body pain symptoms.
It’s important to remember that each person will experience depression in a different way.
Depression is a mental illness and it can be treated. The treatment options for the people suffering with depression symptoms fall into two broad categories: medications and talk therapy (also known as psychotherapy).
There are different types of talk therapies that focus on helping to overcome your negative thinking, work through troubled relationships or cope with any stressful life experiences. When talk therapy alone isn’t enough, some conventional medications may also help relieve the symptoms of depression. These medications can help the way your brain uses certain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, that control your mood or stress. 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.
On the other hand, homeopathic medicine not only treats the physical complaints, but also restores the mind and body equilibrium. Homeopathic treatment aims at stabilizing your health condition holistically by treating the underlying causes, saving the existing hair roots and postponing hair loss. Homeopathic medicines for hair fall are made from natural substances and therefore have no harmful effects.
In addition, there are certain lifestyle changes that can be undertaken to improve your state of mind. These include:
- Learn all about depression and how it impacts you.
- Exercise and activity. Set realistic and achievable goals.
- Spend time with your loved ones.
- Postpone your big life decisions such as, getting married, divorced or changing jobs, until you feel better.
Be gentle on yourself during this time of recovery—don’t expect to ‘snap out’ of your sadness or feeling low immediately. Depression is a disease and like any disease, it can take time for the symptoms to go away.
There are some natural treatments for alopecia, such as applying onion or garlic juice, cooled green tea, almond oil, rosemary oil, honey or coconut milk on the scalp. As a good source of vitamin C, onions may support the building and maintenance of collagen. Collagen provides structure to skin and hair. As per a research 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 aids digestion, improves heart and mental health, and regulates body temperature.
Homeopathy is a dependable medium for alopecia treatment. Homeopathic medicine for alopecia areata gets to the root-cause of the hair fall problem, providing long-lasting results. The underlying causes for alopecia areata, such as autoimmune diseases and stress or depression can be treated very effectively with homeopathy.
If you are diagnosed with alopecia areata and are wondering if coping with this condition is affecting your mental health, we recommend you to seek medical support. Treating depression at its earliest stages can have a profound impact on your overall health and Quality of Life (QoL).
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Hair Regrowth Treatment
Dr Batra’s™ combines homeopathy and aesthetics to provide the best treatment for patchy hair loss. The aesthetic treatment helps to enhance the volume and density of your existing hair (results may vary from person to person). If you experience hair loss or bald patches due to some nutritional deficiency or severe stress, then aesthetic treatments, such as groHair or STMcell are very helpful. Hair Vitalizing Treatment (HVT) is also recommended as a supplementary treatment to make your hair strong and regain vitality.
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