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How Stress and Anxiety Are Linked to Hair Loss

Woman examines hairbrush with stray strands of loose hair due to anxiety

Imagine going about your routine, whether taking a shower, using a comb or brush, or even running your fingers over your head and making the frightening discovery that your hair is falling out in clumps. There are very few moments as jarring as finding piles in your shower drain or on your hairbrush, only made worse when you tug your hair to test it, and it comes out in batches. But before your mind goes to the worst, it’s essential to take a step back and think about the current circumstances in your life and how you are processing and handling them (or not handling them). Your hair loss may be linked to a period of high stress or anxiety, and the good news is that this is manageable and reversible.

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Anxiety on the Rise: Are Societal Pressures to Blame?

Anxiety is a word that's often tossed around too casually, used to refer to everyday worries or minor stress. In reality, anxiety disorders can be intense and debilitating—people who suffer from anxiety describe it as a constant, gripping fear or a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach. Studies reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, and this number increases each year. (1) What could be responsible for the growing number of anxiety diagnoses in this country? In this article, we'll look at some of the societal pressures that contribute to anxiety. Pressure and Perfectionism…

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