For most people: hair plays a significant role in their own personal identity. Likewise, hair can contribute to how someone wants to visually express themselves. This could be to portray confidence, individuality or simply to be more attractive. However, the effects of hair loss (both partial and full) can substantially impact upon a person’s psychological well-being.
Conditions that cause hair loss such as Alopecia, Chemotherapy or Trichotillomania (among many others) will severely impact a person’s quality of life. Moreover, patients who suffer from hair loss can be seriously affected emotionally and present higher chances of being affected by mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. This can then overflow into other aspects of their lives which may lead to even more problems- leading to a loss of confidence in themselves.
The often effects of hair loss are already well publicised but hair loss for women is more frequently overlooked. This can have particularly detrimental psychological effects in comparison to men as in today's society: a bald man is fully accepted and integrated- whereas, the absence of hair for women is often unfairly discriminated against. Nevertheless, mental health conditions affect both men and women in a variety of forms- none of which can be overlooked.
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