Stop and Prevent Hair Loss Due to Emotional Shock or Trauma

Edited by Donna, Eng, Doug Collins

Both women and men can experience partial or full hair loss due to depending on their age, general health and other factors. Although the hair usually grows back, this type of hair loss can sometimes be permanent. The hair can fall out in patches, all at once or just simply become thinner all over the scalp. Hair loss caused by emotional trauma or stress might go on for as long as you are experiencing the shock or heartbreak and then for about another seven to eight months after that.

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The good news is that hair loss after shock or trauma almost always grows back and there will be no more need to conceal any bald spots with a hat or scarf.

==Causes of Shock and Trauma Related Hair Loss--

When people experience extreme emotions for a prolonged period of time their body produces neurotransmitters that cause cortisol levels to raise. This is because the upset or panicked individual is always in a state of "fight or flight." This in turn causes the body to produce hormones that trigger the immune system. In some people, the immune system attacks the hair follicles, which causes them to become inflamed, and then your hair falls out.

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Heartbreak is the most common cause of hair loss due to emotional shock or trauma.

Common situational causes of this type of hair loss are:

  • Heartbreak due to the breakup of a relationship
  • Grief due to the death of a boyfriend or spouse
  • Grief due to the death of a parent or family member
  • Grief due to the death of a child
Grief is a very common cause of traumatic hair loss.
  • Moving, especially if you are not happy with your new location
  • Being in a high stress job in which you witness human misery often, such as being a paramedic, fireman or emergency room worker
Being in a continually high stress job where you see a lot of misery, could cause you to lose your hair.
  • Job loss
  • A general nervous breakdown caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain
  • An enormous disappointment or frustration in life that negatively impacts your future such as not getting in to a school or being able to attend a parent's funeral
  • Being mugged or robbed or being subjected to a home invasion
  • A sudden severe illness that causes depression
  • Loss of normal function due to extreme stress
  • Coping with consequences of a natural disaster or environmental disaster
Living through a natural disaster can be traumatic enough to cause you to lose your hair.


Steps to Stopping Trauma and Shock Related Hair Loss

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    See a doctor to make sure that your stress is indeed due to shock or trauma and not caused by an underlying physical condition.
    There are many illnesses and developing chronic conditional that could coincidentally be triggering your her loss at the same time that you are experiencing the emotional trauma. Do not immediately conclude that your hair loss is due to stress. It could also be triggered by diabetes, hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, lupus, menopause, poly-cystic ovary syndrome and bacterial or fungal infections.
    The woman in this photo is suffering from menopause induced hair loss.
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  2. 2
    Fulfill prescriptions given to you by your doctor and take these medications exactly as told.
    A doctor may prescribe tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, sleeping pills or hormones to help you deal with the anxiety, insomnia or panicky feelings that may be making your hair loss worse.
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  3. 3
    See a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.
    If your grief, shock or emotions feel overwhelming then it can be of great benefit to see a professional who can help you help you process the anger, sorrow, disappointment and many other emotions that you might be feeling.
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  4. 4
    Get plenty of rest.
    People who are suffering from trauma and shock tend to overwork their entire nervous system by being in a constant state of emotional processing. This is hard on every single system in your body, but especially the endocrine system, which manages how your body produces hormones. Give in to the need to sleep and do not feel guilty about it as the body and mind are very much interlinked.
    Get plenty of rest to lower cortisol levels and minimize the risk of stress related hair loss.
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  5. 5
    Get as much exercise as you can without stressing your body.
    Exercise lowers stress levels and inflammation in the body. It also gives the excess energy produced by cortisol an outlet, so that hormones are not flooding your system and producing the kind of auto-immune response that attacks your hair follicles.[
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  6. 6
    Consider attending a meditation class or yoga.
    Both practices entail clearing your mind so that you are focused on your physical state, as opposed to the many upsetting thoughts or images that might be flying through your mind
    Practicing meditation and yoga can really help you get your feelings and endocrine system back into balance and thus stop hair loss.
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    Be sure to eat at least three times a day and be sure to eat enough.
    People who are in emotional distress sometimes don't feel hungry and the result is that they do not eat enough calories to support healthy hair growth, and their hair actually falls out
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    Consume a healthy, balanced anti-inflammatory diet full of fresh, organic produce, fish, healthy oils and organic meats.
    Stay away from junk food, sweet treats, empty carbohydrates and overly processed refined foods as these foods trigger an immune response in the body.
    Eggs are a healthy source of omega 3 fats and biotin, which can help regrow hair lost to stress.
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    Be sure to get enough protein.
    Protein is the building block of healthy hair cells, so make sure you get enough quality protein in the form of liver, steak, fish, chicken, eggs, , cheese and yogurt and beans.
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    Add turmeric to your diet.
    Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory food that comes in raw form or powdered form that has been shown to calm auto-immune responses. It is commonly found in Indian curries. You can add turmeric to foods or you can take it in capsule form.
    Tumeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that can help prevent hair loss due to stress.
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    Make sure your pillows and bedding is free of dust-mites.
    With upsetting emotions producing so much cortisol in your body, you do not need the provocation of allergens in your bed adding to your body's toxic load and provoking an auto-immune response. Be sure that your mattress is steam cleaned and that your pillows, pillow cases, duvet covers and sheets are washed and dried in very hot temperatures.
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    Spend time in nature as much as possible.
    Going for a walk and relaxing in the park or in the woods has always been of great assistance to humans who are suffering emotionally. While you stroll, be sure to take deep breaths and focus on your breathing. [Image:Stop and Prevent Hair Loss Due to Emotional Shock or Trauma_97505.jpg|center|frame|A stroll through park can help you heal from trauma and minimize trauma-induce hair loss]]
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    Spend time relaxing in warm salt water.
    Whether it is in the ocean or at a local spa, time spent in salinated water is very nourishing for both the body and soul and can help calm and soothe a shocked emotional and physical system.
    Swimming in the ocean and relaxing can help mitigate hair loss.
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  14. 14
    Spend some time doing a meaningless relaxing activity that you enjoy.
    Some people enjoy playing Sudoko, others just want to chill and watch television and still others may want to buy a coloring book for adults and spend some time coloring. These activities take your mind off of your problems and help you relax.
    Adult coloring books can help you relax and take your mind off of your problems.
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  15. 15
    Spend some time in an infrared sauna.
    An infrared sauna emits ultraviolet rays that can help reduce inflammation everywhere in the body and prevent a traumatic immune response on your head.
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    Stay away from toxic people and situations that keep you stuck in sadness or drain your energy.
    Sometimes when bad things happen in your life you attract people who may not be so helpful or you may find yourself surrounded by people who remind you of an unpleasant past. If someone is causing you emotional distress then avoid them for now if you can because extreme emotions can provoke your hair loss.
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    Take a vacation from Facebook and other social media.
    If you are going through a break-up or a drama like having your child taken away, then it might be a good idea to stay off any type of social media that may have you looking at images or comments that can upset you. Looking at your ex with his new younger girlfriend or your child playing with his new mommy can be so emotionally devastating that it provokes cortisol overproduction and the stress response of hair loss.
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    Keep your conversations with others pleasant and trivial.
    Unless you are talking to a good friend or a therapist, do not discuss your emotional issues with others as often this keeps you stuck in grief. Leave reminders of the past in the past and remind yourself, that you are not going to lose your hair by constantly "going there" emotionally when you do not have to.
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    Diffuse Frankincense oil in an aroma diffuser.
    Studies done in Vienna and Berlin recently show that dispersing Frankincense through a diffuser helps relax the body, balance hormones an stimulate the secretion of endorphins to give you a more pleasurable experience
    An aromatherapy diffusor helps disperse soothing essential oils through the air.
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Tips and Tricks

  • Usually the longer the couple is together, the more severe the heartbreak and ensuing hair loss might be
  • If there was betrayal in the relationship, such as finding out that a husband is cheating with a best friend or relative, then the hair loss might be extreme
  • It can really help to take time off from work, but as many people can't try to find a few minutes at work every day where you can have some private time alone
  • Hair loss due to the death of a child might be even more extreme if the baby was an infant, as women are prone to hair loss after giving birth in the first place
  • Although it is great to exercise do not overdo it because if you exercise until the point you are in pain or exhausted your body will create even more cortisol and possibly provoke an auto-immune response.
  • If you lose a lot of hair within a short period of time, then you have less likelihood of growing it back
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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