The link between Men's hair loss and depression

The link between Men's hair loss and depression

Did you know there is a link between hair loss and depression?

Scroll down for 10 quick bullet points summarising and some Q & A's if you don't want to read the whole article. 

The Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

There can often be psychological effects caused by hair loss, including depression, anger, embarrassment and anxiety. This can lead to decreased confidence, social withdrawal and even impact work and sexual performance. The severity of symptoms often correlates with the extent of hair loss. 

Unpacking the Link Between Hair Loss and Depression

There is a bidirectional link between hair loss and depression, as supported by a study involving over 6 million people. Present statistics show that those with major depressive disorders have a 90% higher chance of developing hair loss and those with hair loss have a 34% higher risk of developing major depressive disorder. The link between hair loss and depression isn't only prevalent in men, it can and does also affect women. 


Other Causes of Hair Loss

There are many causes for hair loss, it can be hereditary, just ageing, alopecia, stress, illness, cancer treatment, hair care, hormone imbalances. It is important to talk to a healthcare professional if you are concerned about your hair loss. 

Treating Depression Due to Hair Loss

Talking therapies, antidepressants and lifestyle changes may help reduce stress levels and stop further hair loss.

Exercise, social interaction with those you trust and enjoy being around and positive journaling can all be mood-boosting. 

There are more options now for men than there ever were in terms of covering up hair loss, a hair system is some mens answer to hair loss. 

No we're not talking about one that flaps around and could be stolen by a gust of wind; were talking about really convincing realistic-looking hair pieces that with regular maintenance can improve mental health. 

Antidepressants and Hair Loss

There is limited research that shows that anti depressant's can induce or enhance hair loss. 

"The type of hair loss generally caused by antidepressants is called telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when your body is stressed in some way—perhaps by childbirth, illness, surgery, mental stress, poor nutrition, or medication—which causes hair follicles to enter into the resting stage (telogen phase) prematurely.1 Because more hair follicles are now in this resting stage, more hair is shed, leading to diffuse hair loss all over the scalp."

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Can anything be done about hair loss?

Hair Transformation System

A non-surgical solution for hair loss, made from real natural hair that is stuck to the area where hair loss occurs and styled by a professional to create a transformation. Hair systems need to be maintained and replaced but is a non surgical option, meaning it is less expense and if hair isn't for you then it isn't permanent.



*Hair System supplied by Novo Cabelo Hair & Installed By Maverick Delta Studio in Brighton

Hair Transplant

Hair transplants are another option where active hair follicles are taken and reintroduced to areas of extensive hair loss. A more permanent solution although less of a quick fix as the hair follicles grow from nothing so it can take time which can be less appealing for those who don't want to draw attention to their hair loss. 

Talking therapies

Talking therapies obviously won't replace hair loss but if hair loss is related to stress then it can help prevent further hair loss. You can speak to your doctor about getting treatment that suits you best


Journaling has been scientifically proven to change the way the brain processes stress and emotion so writing down feelings and stressors can help, even if it's briefly. 

 Q&A On Hair Loss & Mental Health 

1. What is the bidirectional link between hair loss and depression?
 The bidirectional link means that hair loss can lead to depression, and individuals with major depressive disorder have a 90% higher risk of developing hair loss.

2. Are both males and females affected by the psychological symptoms of hair loss?
Yes, both males and females can experience psychological symptoms due to hair loss, but evidence suggests that females may experience them more frequently.

3. What are some common psychological symptoms associated with hair loss?
Psychological symptoms include depression, anger, embarrassment, anxiety, decreased confidence, social withdrawal, and decreased work and sexual performance.

4 How does the severity of psychological symptoms relate to the extent of hair loss?
The severity of psychological symptoms tends to correlate with the severity of hair loss, meaning that more extensive hair loss can lead to more profound psychological effects.

5.  What are some treatment options for depression related to hair loss?
Treatment options include talk therapy, antidepressants (with consideration of their potential side effects), and lifestyle changes like regular exercise and social interaction to improve mood.

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