Hair loss is not just a physical issue. It can have a significant psychological impact. This impact may clearly be more obvious in women, but the effects on men should not be underestimated. Hair loss can result in anxiety, withdrawal and depression. Considerable research has been undertaken to understand the psychological effects of hair loss. It is important that you take time to think about how the loss of your hair makes you feel as this will help you make the right treatment choice for you. Several common reactions to hair loss have been observed. These include:
Hair loss in men commonly triggers masculinity issues. As hair loss can cause a drastic change in one’s appearance, it is not surprising that worrying questions often arise. Will I still be attractive to others? Will I look older? Will this affect my job prospects? Will my friends laugh at me? These valid concerns can result in feelings of fear and panic at the prospect of hair loss.
Some men may find it difficult to admit they are losing hair. One example of this is men going to great lengths to hide their hair loss. This unwillingness to come to terms with hair loss can lead to poor treatment choices.
Teasing from friends and colleagues about hair loss can lead to feelings of shame. How to deal with such comments can be a real problem to some.
The above mentioned reactions to hair loss may lead to a feeling of desperation. A desperate person may make impulsive and unwise choices.
Unsurprisingly, men experiencing hair loss may be jealous of their friends who don’t.
Even though hair loss in men is very common, men report that they feel isolated and alone in the experience. Unfortunately for most men, being open about your feelings is perceived as a sign of weakness. This makes it harder to actively seek appropriate treatment options.