Psychological Effects of Hair Loss in Women
A number of scientific studies have shown that women are more likely than men to suffer psychologically painful effects due to hair loss, and that the psychological effects are likely to be more sever in women than men.
Women have a significant psychological investment in their appearance, and are likely to react negatively to events such as hair loss than men. Women have less of a support system for hair loss than is available to men. Family and friends may commiserate with a man about hair loss and even make the situation humorous.
Hair loss in typical male-pattern alopecia is an event that is accepted as normal in men. Female hair loss is not widely regarded as normal even though it occurs normally in both sexes. The psychological effect of hair loss in women is under-appreciated, perhaps due in large measure of lack of public awareness of hair loss in women.
Men can often cope with hair loss better than women. Women are more likely than men to: try to hide hair loss, discuss hair loss with a hair stylist, try to develop a hair style that disguises hair loss, and spend more time on other aspects of physical appearance to divert attention from hair loss.
Therefore, a woman’s hair loss should never be overlooked, disregarded or underestimated. Hair loss should be recognized for the impact it has on a woman’s self-esteem and psychological well-being.
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
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