Burden of Hair Loss: Stress and the Underestimated Psychosocial Impact of Telogen Effluvium and Androgenetic Alopecia

    September 2004 in “ Journal of Investigative Dermatology
    Ina M. Hadshiew, Kerstin Foitzik, Petra C. Arck, Ralf Paus
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    TLDR Hair loss causes stress and affects mental health; treatment and support needed.
    This article from 18 years ago discusses the psychosocial impact of hair loss, specifically telogen effluvium and androgenetic alopecia. The authors explore the connection between stress and hair loss, citing studies that show stress can prolong the telogen stage of the hair cycle and inhibit hair growth. They also discuss the role of neuropeptide substance P in stress-induced hair loss and the potential for topical minoxidil to counteract this effect. The authors emphasize the need for healthcare providers to recognize the psychological burden of hair loss and provide appropriate support and treatment.
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