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.
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