Hair loss is nothing to joke about, especially because of the emotional and psychological effects that follow. Although hair loss is fairly common in both men and women, it often leads to a compromised sense of self-image and the potential to negatively impact other aspects of one’s life. An estimated 50 percent of men experience hair loss before they turn 50. While less common, women hair loss sufferers make up approximately 30 million in the United States alone. Self-esteem, body image, and a lower quality of life are all possible side effects of hair loss. Women, who are consistently pressured from the media and social standards to look their best, are said to be even more susceptible to a negative self-image when their hair begins to shed.
According to a study at the University of Westminster Department of Psychology of 214 individuals with alopecia (mean age 35), hair loss can impair quality of life (QoL) by having a negative impact on self-awareness. The study states, “Health professionals should recognize the psychological impact of alopecia and address negative beliefs and emotions surrounding the condition in treatment programmes.”
If you’re suffering from hair loss, you’re probably feeling some degree of self-consciousness. But, it’s important to keep an eye out for some of the deeper psychological effects. Here are three warning signs that hair loss is having a detrimental impact on your life.