Living With Hair Loss
There are many different reasons for hair loss, some permanent, others temporary. One thing is for sure, though, hair loss is traumatic for everyone, regardless of age or gender. For people suffering from this affliction, learning to live with hair loss is essential to their mental well being. For most of us, our self-image is directly connected to our appearance and there are few things more noticeable than our head of hair, or lack thereof. Living with hair loss and doing so without it affecting your self-esteem is essential, particularly if the condition is permanent.
They say knowledge is power. Understanding hair loss and the reasons behind it will help you come to terms with your own condition and begin successfully living with hair loss. First, hair loss is out of your control. There are a variety of reasons for hair loss, some genetic and some medical. Genetic hair loss in men is the most common type of hair loss. It even has a name, Male Pattern Baldness, and as much as 40% of men will suffer from it. Although traumatic, it is comforting to know you are not alone. To help you deal with the stress and anxiety associated with this hair loss it is important to understand it and talk about it. You will find numerous articles on this subject on the Internet, along with support groups to help you learn to live with it. You will also find materials that can provide you with the numerous options available to you for treatment. Be careful, though. Some of the sites will offer unfounded claims of cures that just simply aren't true. Your best bet is to consult with your doctor and let them advise you on what treatments may be effective.
Underlying medical conditions or medications is another common cause of hair loss. The good news here is that hair loss for these reasons is usually temporary, although living with hair loss, even temporarily, can be tricky. Medical conditions, such as Thyroid disease, can cause hair loss, along with treatments like chemotherapy. Usually, once the condition is treated the hair grows back. In the mean time, wearing a wig or bandana can help to lessen the impact. Other medical conditions, like Alopecia, can be permanent in some cases. Again, accessorizing to minimize the affects of the hair loss is key. Medications can also play a role in hair loss. If you're currently taking a medication that is causing hair loss, check with your doctor. You may be able to switch to another drug that won't have the same side effects.
Living with hair loss requires a positive attitude. If you find you're struggling to come to terms with living with hair loss, join a support group. Others in the group will be able to offer you advice on how they have managed to go on with their lives in a positive way. Knowing you are not alone in your struggles will ease your mind.