Stress and its Role in MPB

   
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June 05, 2011, 10:35 PM

What is the role of stress in MPB?  I know it can lead to telogen effluvium and alopecia areata.  But I want to know what everybody thinks about stress’s role is in androgenic alopecia, ie MPB.

Are normal everyday small stresses a concern?  If you eat well, exercise often, get decent sleep and try not to overly stress, would you not be ok and not have to worry too much about stress speeding up your MPB.  I would really like to see some studies on this and not just hear off the cuff theories, but that is cool too.

Unfortunately some major stress can be unavoidable, such as death of a loved one, major illness, lose your job, breakups, etc.  I just want to focus this conversation on small everyday stresses, which are much more easy to deal with.

 

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June 05, 2011, 11:56 PM

I can tell your from experience that normal everyday stress is nothing to worry about. If its not chronic, dont worry about it. Its the emotional stress you need to worry about. Stuff having to do with people, like you said, deaths, relationships. Something that will take over your life. People fighting in wars are gonna be extremely stressed. Another good example i can think of is if youre a victim of rape or something like that.

I really dont even think losing a job is something that you should worry about as far as the stress effecting your hair. Depends on the person i guess.

Ever seen those ‘Stress balls.’ Youre supposed to squeeze them when youre ‘stressed.’ If squeezing a ball is the remedy then ITS NOT STRESS!


I have no studies unfortunately.

 

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June 14, 2011, 06:41 PM

Two related stress threads.

I think stress is hugely related to hair loss.  It changes the endocrine system radically enough to alter hormones in various ways that promote hair loss.

http://immortalhair.forumandco.com/t5318-l-ornithine-attenuates-corticotropin-releasing-factor-induced-stress-responses-acting-at-gabaa-receptors

http://immortalhair.forumandco.com/t5467-effects-of-ginseng-rhizome-and-ginsenoside-ro-on-testosterone-5945-reductase-and-hair-re-growth-in-testosterone-treated-mice


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August 10, 2011, 08:54 PM

Here’s an article I wrote related to this subject if you are interested. A better version is coming out on this site in the near future.

http://www.qdbd.com/stress_accelerated_androgenic_balding.htm

 

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August 11, 2011, 04:58 PM

Zix,

Cool article thanks!  I try to combat the daily stress from just suffering hair loss.  I think being pro-active with your regimen helps.  That way you feel you have some control.  Fear and lack of perceived options can really amp up stress levels.  Knowledge and taking intelligent action can really calm down things in that regard.  Even then you sometimes have to let your pride go and accept that you do have some hair loss and you may not get all of it back and that it is ok.

 

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