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autoimmune conditions alopeciaHair loss is not something anyone chooses. It is an unfortunate affliction with many causes, one of them being physiological conditions, such as trichotillomania and stress, which will be explored in this article. Fortunately, there are behavior changes you can make as well as hair solutions, like hair wigs and hair loss replacement treatments, that will help conceal the bald patches and stimulate hair growth.


What is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is hair loss resulting from a person repeatedly pulling out their own hair. People suffering from trichotillomania (usually starts between the ages of 9 and 13) experience chronic urges to pull out the hair on their head, facial hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, pubic hair, nose hair and any other hair on their body. Bare patches were the hair was plucked will appear, and over time, permanent scarring and scalp damage may occur.

Symptoms and Treatment

Trichotillomania is often difficult to diagnose, due to the fact that some young adolescents are ashamed of their behavior and try to hide it. However there are visible signs that may indicate this problem. These include rituals like examining hair ends, twirling hair ends, eating hair, and running their hair along their lips. Because it is an obsessive-compulsive behavior, the best treatment is counseling that addresses the underlying psychological or emotional factors that are manifesting themselves in this form of self-harming. Once the behavior of pulling out one’s hair is stopped, hair will grow back.


How Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

Stress has major physiologic impacts on our body. Emotional stress can result from any significant life changes and crisis’s. Injury, surgery and illness can cause physical stress. When our body is stressed (also known as the stress response) it produces and releases toxin that are dangerous in excess. Sometimes, blood supply to hair follicles is compromised, which results in them falling out because growth cannot be sustained.

There are two types of stress-induced hair loss. Telogen effluvium is a disruption to hair’s natural growth. The hair simply stops growing and stays in a “resting” phase, falls out a after a couple of months, then growth back between 7 and 9 months later. Alopecia areata is the second, more severe and less common type. It involves the body’s white blood cells attacking the hair follicles, which are essential to hair growth. Patches of hair fall out within weeks, and often spread to the entire scalp and other body areas.

How Can Stress Be Treated?

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to cut down significantly on stress levels and simultaneously improve your overall health:

-Physical activity will reduce the production of stress hormones and increase the production of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that bring a feeling of well-being to our minds and bodies.

-Meditation consists of emptying the mind of stressful thoughts .Frequent mediation will lead to an emotional, physical and psychological balance. It’s easy to do in any quiet spot and you don’t need any equipment.

-Balanced nutrition is another key to reducing stress levels. If your diet is rich in nutrients and vitamins, you will be less tired, more focused, and thus more capable of coping with stress.

Both trichotillomania and stress can be treated with the methods suggested above. However, hair will not grow back overnight. In the meantime, while you are working on changing behaviors that have negative physiological consequences, you may want to explore short term hair solutions that will help you feel and look your best. Go to www.trulyyou.ca for further information on other options, such as hair wigs and hair replacement treatments.

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