Liberal Democrat MP, Mark Oaten, is publishing a tell-all memoir this month called ‘Screwing Up’. The married MP hit the headlines in January 2006 when he was exposed for using male prostitutes. As a result, Oaten had to give up his bid for the party leadership.
A short time after the expose, in May 2006, Oaten wrote in The Sunday Times about how his baldness contributed to his mid-life crisis and extra-marital affairs: “I doubt that, on its own, my dissatisfaction with politics would have prompted me to act as I did, but it coincided with something of a mid-life crisis. I was turning 40 and I really felt that I was losing my youth. The problem was undoubtedly compounded by my dramatic loss of hair in my late thirties. This really knocked me for six. I started to look noticeably older.”
Oaten may have felt isolated however, by the age of 35, approximately 40% of men will begin to see signs of hair loss.
The MP said his public persona made matters more difficult to deal with: “Any television appearance would result in a barrage of e-mails, not about the issues I’d raised but about my lack of hair. Whether supportive or not, they all asked what had happened to my hair”.
The MP says he became “more and more obsessed” by his hair loss and for him “it was a public sign that my youth had ended”. Oaten said there were factors other than his balding that motivated him to see male prostitutes, but that he wished to keep these private. However, it looks like the MP’s new memoir looks set to reveal all.
Hair loss can be a distressing experience and can lead to anxiety and depression in some people. If properly diagnosed and treated, it is possible to prevent baldness. There are only two proven hair loss treatments. Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (men only) have been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
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