Conversations about mental health are becoming more and more prevalent. Moreover, campaigns like Movember are hoping to raise awareness about men’s mental health and destigmatize those conversations. If you’re struggling with your mental health, you are not alone, and there is a community there to help. If you knowwho are struggling, consider participating in a campaign like Movember to help raise awareness and money for charities that work to stop men’s suicide. If you are dealing with mental health struggles, you might notice it having an effect on your hair. Let’s look at some of the ways that depression can affect your hair.
How Does Depression Affect My Hair?
Depression and hair loss can be intertwined. While there aren’t necessarily direct links between depression and hair loss, depression can cause significant shedding or thinning hair.
Moreover, significant changes in your mood or psyche can also cause hair loss, and these changes can create a downward spiral. Your mood worsens, so you start losing some hair, which worsens your mood, which makes you lose more hair.
Another effect that depression can have is changing the quality of your hair. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, you may notice that your hair is starting to dry out, or become brittle. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s causing you to go bald. However, significant breakage can make your hair harder to style in a way that downplays any balding you do have.
Does Stress or Anxiety Cause Hair Loss?
Many mental health conditions go hand in hand. Often, those suffering from depression will struggle simultaneously with an anxiety disorder or have significant stress. These conditions often are amplified by depression and have been clinically proven to cause hair loss.
These conditions can have a drastic effect on your hairline, which can in turn, cause more anxiety about your looks. These things can keep you inside and anti-social, which can exacerbate symptoms of depression.
Can Antidepressants Target My Hairline?
If you have a diagnosed major depressive disorder, you may have been prescribed an antidepressant like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI. These medications, like Prozac or Zoloft, often have hair loss as a side effect.
If you are experiencing this side effect, obviously talk to your doctor before you stop taking your medication. Fortunately, if you can’t afford to switch medications and you want to protect your hairline, there are multiple options to help.
If you are struggling with depression, fortunately there is help available. Talking to a licensed psychiatrist can be a real help to people of any gender who deal with depression, stress, or anxiety. There’s no shame in men going to counseling, and it’s important to target the cause of the hair loss. However, if your hair loss is contributing to these conditions, Hairline Ink suggests a solution called scalp-micropigmentation. Using the latest tools and technologies, our technicians apply high-quality pigmentation to give a permanent, 3-D texture to your hairline.