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When Worrying About Losing Your Hair Becomes A Phobia

Whether you have noticed signs of thinning hair or patchy hair loss, or are simply concerned that baldness runs in your family, it’s normal to worry about hair loss to some extent.

It’s when that worry turns into obsessive behaviour or a phobia that you could have an issue. Stockpiling shampoos and medications can be the first sign of a problem, or you could even find you develop a phobia surrounding the fear of baldness in yourself or in others.

Fear of BaldnessWhat is peladophobia?

Peladophobia is the fear of hair loss and of bald people. This is a surprisingly common phobia, which can affect anyone, of any age. Peladophobia can produce both physiological and physical symptoms and it affects both sexes equally. Certain people may be more prone to the development of phobias of any kind, and the symptoms can vary in severity between individuals.

What causes peladophobia?

It’s not really known what causes this particular phobia, but it is thought to be a combination of external traumatic events and a genetic predisposition – for example, phobias running in the family. Usually, an event triggers memories of the past trauma, which can bring on the phobia’s symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Phobias of any kind, including peladophobia, can bring with them a range of symptoms, which may include:

  • Emotional distress
  • An overwhelming feeling of fear or dread
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Avoidance behaviours, such as not going out in public
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations

How is the phobia treated?

There’s a difference between being worried about hair loss and letting it take over your life. If you think you may be experiencing peladophobia, it is important to seek help as it could have a significant impact on your everyday life. Treatment is usually in the form of psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and may also include exposure therapy (where the patient is exposed to the trigger for the phobia – in this case, bald people) and coached in relaxation strategies for coping when exposed. Anti-anxiety medication is also used successfully alongside therapy in many cases.

If you have developed a fear of baldness, it may have been triggered by your own hair loss or even a traumatic event such as seeing a relative or friend lose hair to illness. Whatever it is, finding and addressing the root of the problem can help you to make a full recovery.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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.

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