Androgenetic Alopecia: Stress of Discovery

    February 2006 in “ Psychological Reports
    Jan Passchier, Jeroen Erdman, Fatima Hammiche, Ruud A.M. Erdman
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    TLDR Hair loss discovery causes stress; talking to dermatologists helps.
    This study investigated the psychological problems experienced by men with androgenetic alopecia (hereditary male hair loss). Through questionnaires and interviews, they found that at the moment of discovery of hair loss these men reported significantly greater hair problems than later on. They also found that around half of the patients felt annoyed or very annoyed about the discovery of hair loss, and preferred to get information from a medical professional as opposed to an online source. These findings suggest that prompt communication between sufferers and dermatologists is important for successful treatment.
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