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Hair Loss Caused By Anxiety?

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I'm 21 yrs old and have been experiencing hair loss since I was 18. I have been been to several doctors and they cannot seem to find anything wrong with me or a physical reason for my hair loss. All I have been told is that stess and anxiety can cause this. Of course, this is hard for me to believe as I have had bad anxiety attacks in the past and have thought I had a brain tumor, cancer, etc. Can anyone tell me that they have had hair thinning caused my anxiety? How do you stop it? This has been going on for 3 years now and I don't know what to do. Please help. Thanks.
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First Helper ajnelson3
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replied August 2nd, 2005
Hi

stress does play an important role in hair loss. I had the same problem.

Are are aneamic ?

Are you getting all the important vitamins and minerals (not to mention protein) from your diet ? If your diet is imbalanced, you should take some vitamin tablets especially formulated for hair skin and nail.

Try brisk walk thrice a week (it will help improve your blood circulation).

Have you been changing your hair products ?

These might be some of the reasons.
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replied August 2nd, 2005
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If you lose your hair because of anxiety (which is very likely due to the fact that you seem to be physically ok) than I believe the only way to stop it is to treat your anxiety. Because anxiety is the cause and your hair loss is one of the consequences. So you can use vitamins or new drugs against hair loss but I think their effect would be limited as long anxiety persist.
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replied August 3rd, 2005
I actually asked my anxiety specialist if stress or anxiety causes hair loss. I'm 19 and i'm starting to lose it already. He told me -not really, only if its something like a near death traumatic experience it won't affect your hair loss- hairloss is geneteic and there is nothing we can really do about it other than some of those medications or hair transplants. Also I think some big diet deficiencies can cause it.

It sucks and I know how you feel.
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replied August 5th, 2005
Hair loss does not run in my family. Both my parents, all my aunts and uncles, and even my grandparents (who are in their 80's) all have a full head of hair. I find it extremely unlikely that this can be hereditary, espeically considering the fact that it started when I was 18! I had a blood test to see if I was iron deficient - 69 on hemoglobin and 92 on serum ferritin - both in normal range. I know I have a lot of anxiety and drepression (i cry at the drop of a dime) and have grown up with a lot of abuse (both physical and mental) from my parents. I have never had any kind of counsling. Still, I have a hard time believing this could be caused by anxiety, and that the hair loss could persist for over 3 yrs. I mean, it's not like I am bald but it has definitly been thinning over the last 3 yrs.
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replied May 3rd, 2011
i think i have the same problem. i had a normal childhood but ever since i was 19 my thick hair started thinning and i think i lose to much per day than is normal. i thought it was due to bleaching and dying but my cousin has gone from blonde to brown many times and still has thick hair. i think im always anxious for no reason. i know that i am lacking iron but have been on tablets and didnt seem to help but then again i didnt stay on them long....i guess im going to try relaxing and being more healthy and if that doesnt work i might look at medication for hair loss and anxiety, 'sigh'
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replied August 7th, 2005
Aj do u have an email where I could contact u about your eyes? I got a couple questions cuz I think we have the same symptoms
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replied September 24th, 2006
Yes
Hair loss can be triggered by anxiety.

My parents broke up when I was 22 and the !**@! hit the fan. I was soo stressed my hair starting falling out quickly. I didn't know at the time stress was the cause and I felt helpless.

It's also genetic. If you fathers mother was bald you're in for a rough ride.

I use a product called nioxin. Been doing so ever since. My moms friend who owns a salon suggested it. It keeps your scalp very clean and roots strong.

Places that were thinning are now filling in again.

There are a lot shampoos out there like this. My buddy uses another product but I dont know the name off hand. 1 bottle lasts me almost a year. I wash my hair every 2 days.

Look, just dont ignore what's happening. Do something about it now before it gets worse.
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replied February 6th, 2007
Physical symptoms of anxiety include fatigue, insomnia, hair loss, stomach problems, sweating, racing heart, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, and irritability.

St. John's wort extract helps to maintain a steady mood and promotes good mental function in the treatment of anxiety disorder. Hops extract and valerian extract can act as a sedative and help to cause sleep and lessen anxiety and tension. Take valerian extract 30 minutes before bedtime. Skullcap extract has been used historically as a sedative for people with nervous tension and insomnia which may be helpful in the treatment of anxiety disorder. Chamomile extract contains active constituents that contribute to smooth-muscle relaxing action. People with anxiety disorder (also known as nervousness, panic attacks) are often deficient in essential nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, b vitamins. Zinc is an essential mineral that is a component of enzymes that protect against free radicals caused by anxiety whic may be important in the treatment of anxiety disorder.


Please note that this is not to be taken as medical advice. If you are seeking treatment, please contact your healthcare professional.
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replied December 16th, 2009
Anxiety made my heaps hair fall out. Twice.
I'm 28 and pretty certain anxiety is linked with my hair loss. I've recently admitted that my mind can easily get swept away in anxiety and I'd love to treat it via therapy and sans medication but I'm starting to think I might need to suck it up and start popping pills before I wake up bald.
It's bloody awful, I used to have the best hair. Now I look like a star wars extra. Heeelp!!
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replied December 17th, 2009
I just can't fad om the fact that my anxiety makes me think i'm actually loosing my hair to something serious as oppose to actual anxiety & stress itself, since i was 15 my hairs been usually falling off(not alot a little). The thing is my hair would grow back twice as fast if i got a haircut. I would say its anxiety/stress, genetic related if your healthy.
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replied December 17th, 2009
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You can very easily worry yourself into losing your hair...Back when I was in my early 30's I went through this...Even went to the Dermatologist to get a professional opinion...He said I wasn't..This alone turned the tide for me...Made me feel assured that I was OK...I have been told that in the Winter months the hair will thin out and in the Summer will thicken out...I have found this true with me...Either way it usually always comes back...Take care ...

Caroline
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replied July 13th, 2011
Re: Hair Loss Caused By Anxiety?
ajnelson3 wrote:
I'm 21 yrs old and have been experiencing hair loss since I was 18. I have been been to several doctors and they cannot seem to find anything wrong with me or a physical reason for my hair loss. All I have been told is that stess and anxiety can cause this. Of course, this is hard for me to believe as I have had bad anxiety attacks in the past and have thought I had a brain tumor, cancer, etc. Can anyone tell me that they have had hair thinning caused my anxiety? How do you stop it? This has been going on for 3 years now and I don't know what to do. Please help. Thanks.








I am recently going through the same excat thing i have had a panic attack about four months ago, and had several exams done, & now my hair is falling out not a whole lot but more than usual. now i have been scared out my mind thinking its something wrong like cancerous brain tumor. my family keeps telling me its nothing that it could be stress & anxiety. well i really hope your ok and i belive it could be just that . and maybe lack of vitamins. but thank you i though i was tghe only one with this prolem . iim pretty sure its either ofthose things.
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replied July 13th, 2011
Re: Hair Loss Caused By Anxiety?
ajnelson3 wrote:
I'm 21 yrs old and have been experiencing hair loss since I was 18. I have been been to several doctors and they cannot seem to find anything wrong with me or a physical reason for my hair loss. All I have been told is that stess and anxiety can cause this. Of course, this is hard for me to believe as I have had bad anxiety attacks in the past and have thought I had a brain tumor, cancer, etc. Can anyone tell me that they have had hair thinning caused my anxiety? How do you stop it? This has been going on for 3 years now and I don't know what to do. Please help. Thanks.








I am recently going through the same excat thing i have had a panic attack about four months ago, and had several exams done, & now my hair is falling out not a whole lot but more than usual. now i have been scared out my mind thinking its something wrong like cancerous brain tumor. my family keeps telling me its nothing that it could be stress & anxiety. well i really hope your ok and i belive it could be just that . and maybe lack of vitamins. but thank you i though i was tghe only one with this prolem . iim pretty sure its either ofthose things.
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