Evidence strongly suggests that stress is a major underlying cause of hair loss. Anxiety is a type of stress that comes in a variety of forms. Anxiety at low levels is a common part of daily life for everyone. For example you might feel some very minor anxiety that you’ll be late for work. Or you might fell anxious about affording to pay all your bills this month.
These levels of anxiety are normal and are essential for making progress in life. Without a small amount of anxiety we wouldn’t do anything in life because we would have no worries. However, if you feel elevated anxiety levels in seemingly irrational situations you may have an anxiety disorder or be bordering on one.
Anxiety disorders are quite common but due to the nature of the disorders, sufferers are often too nervous to tell anyone what they are going through.
Anxiety and hair loss
Anxiety doesn’t just make you feel terrible in your mind, it also has a physical effect on your body. There are obvious and immediate physical symptoms such as increased heart rate and nausea but some sufferers may also experience longer term symptoms that occur as a direct result of the anxiety.
Anxiety attacks trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response. This causes surges of adrenaline in the body and gets the heart rate up. Not only does anxiety cause surges of adrenaline, it can also cause prolonged elevated levels of adrenaline and cause hormonal imbalance.
Increased adrenaline production drains the body of essential vitamins needed for the hair and skin. This is one of the reasons why when someone is stressed out, anxious or hasn’t had much sleep, their skin can look greasy and their hair can look lack-luster.
Anxiety and stress also cause increased muscle tension, particularly in the shoulders. This can decrease blood flow to the scalp. Good blood flow to the scalp is essential for hair growth because the building blocks of hair are transported to the scalp via the blood stream.
What can be done to stop this?
You can try all the different hair loss treatments available but until you cure your anxiety, your hair and skin will continue to suffer. If you suffer from higher than normal levels of anxiety it might be that this is the root cause of your hair loss.
If you don’t stop the anxiety you won’t stop the hair loss.
If you want to reduce your anxiety to sensible levels you need to use all the weapons at your disposal to defeat it. To learn how I stopped my anxiety and as a result stopped my hair loss, download my eBook today. With it you’ll also receive my programme of audio files that help you think more positively, thus reducing your anxiety levels, until eventually, anxiety becomes a distant memory.