Panic attacks and extreme anxiety affect many of us, and dealing with the triggers and the condition itself can be a difficult (not to mention a long) process. Types of therapy such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) can help, but a side effect of the stress caused by the anxiety and panic attacks that is not often discussed is the potential for hair loss.
This kind of stress can trigger the early onset of the common condition male pattern hair loss. If you carry the genetic predisposition to this type of balding, it is possible but not definite that you will express the trait (ie, you will lose hair). Of course, it’s impossible to tell at what point you will begin to experience the hair loss, and so it is hard to ascertain whether stress caused it all to begin earlier than it otherwise might have done.
Dealing With Triggers
So, if your anxiety has caused male pattern hair loss to onset (a hair loss specialist would be able to confirm whether this is the case during a free consultation) how can baldness be prevented? A hair loss treatment programme that contains at least one of the two clinically proven for hair loss medications is a good place to start, and can halt thinning and regrow hair providing that the areas of scalp you wish to treat are not completely shiny and bald.
There are only two medications that the UK and US medical regulatory bodies, the MHRA and the FDA respectively, have either licensed or approved for this purpose. The first, Propecia, is a daily oral tablet that blocks DHT, the hormone that causes the follicular miniaturisation atop the scalp that leads to thinner, weaker hair being produced.
Propecia works well as a means to halt thinning, and is highly complementary when used with the second medication, minoxidil, which works by stimulating new hair growth. When combined with various hair growth boosters to form a comprehensive treatment plan, the medications offer the best way to halt hair loss medically and hopefully prevent the need for a hair transplant.
Another Possible Diagnosis
Another form of hair loss that can occur as a result of anxiety and/or panic attacks is telogen effluvium. Unlike MPB, hair loss due to telogen effluvium should begin to grow back in the months after the underlying issue has been dealt with. However, it’s important to recognise that dealing with stress from anxiety is a long process, and it’s possible to use a hair loss treatment to prevent further shedding and hopefully regrow hair whilst the anxiety is being addressed.
Telogen effluvium occurs when hairs prematurely stop growing and enter the telogen (resting) stage. Hairs remain here for around three months, at which point they shed. Generally hair will grow back, but this can take many months and it’s possible that your locks will fail to return to their previous thickness. So, a hair loss treatment plan can help you to achieve thick, healthy hair once again whilst you deal with the anxiety itself.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.