Can Stress Cause Hair Loss or is that a Myth?

September 6th, 2007

Q: I’ve been dealing with daily mental stress for the past few months. I’ve noticed that during that time, I’ve experienced a lot of frontal hair loss and thinning. I thought stress was a myth for causing hair loss.

A: Stress may cause temporary shedding, but it generally does not affect the long-term course of genetic hair loss.

It seems that women’s hair is affected by stress more commonly than men’s hair, but the reason is not clear.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on September 6th, 2007 at 12:46 pm


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