I Think I Started Losing My Hair Because I Was Upset – That’s Over Now – So Will My Hair Improve?

I sometimes hear from people who suspect that their depression and stress was contributing to their severe hair loss. Unfortunately, this condition can sometimes make the depression worse. It’s bad enough that you feel bad. But its worse that you feel bad and now your hair is falling out. Nonetheless, many people are able to overcome the depression, and, when they do, they wonder when their hair loss is going to start getting better.

I might hear from someone who says: “last year, my fianc√© called off our wedding and moved away. This was such a horrible time for me. One day, I was looking forward to marrying the great love on my life, and the next day, he tells me that he doesn’t love me anymore and that he is leaving town. It was hard enough processing the fact that I had to tell everyone that our wedding was called off. But then I had to accept that my best friend was in my life one day and gone the next. I felt like someone had died. I felt like I didn’t have my footing. I will admit that I just shut down. I stopped eating and sleeping. Even going to work and functioning normally was a struggle. Eventually, my family got me to a good therapist and this helped a lot. A year later, I am picking up the pieces of my life. But it is more difficult when I have to look in the mirror and see how much hair I have lost. My hair started shedding a couple of months after he left me. And although it has slowed down a little, it hasn’t stop. Will my hair loss end because my depression has ended?”

Before I give you my opinion, I have to tell you that I am not a hair loss specialist or a doctor. My opinion is based on research and my own opinion formed through my own experience. Although that some people don’t believe that stress and depression can be a trigger for telogen effluvium hair loss, I have always disagreed with this. I have known and heard from too many people who so firmly believe that their hair loss was caused by despair, depression and stress. Plus, it just makes sense to me that there is no huge big difference between physical stress to the body and emotional stress. It’s my theory that your body sees all types of stress in similar ways.

Also, it’s well known that medications for depression often cause hair loss. But many people experience hair loss before they started the medication – and when the depression first took place. Most of the time with telogen effluvium hair loss, the shedding starts a few months after the trigger shows itself and then stops a few months after the trigger stops. For example, when a woman gives birth, that birth event is often her trigger and her hair shedding starts a couple of months later. It may last any way from a few weeks to three months.

The same will often hold true for other triggers. The start of the depression would be the trigger and so the shedding would start shortly after and would stop a few months after the trigger of depression ended, so long as there are no medications or other triggers that are perpetuating the hair loss.

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By Edward