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Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

When people are concerned about hair loss in themselves or a loved one, they often wonder whether stress is a contributing factor. If you’re one of those concerned individuals, you’ve come to the right place: This post covers what we know about stress and hair loss, which sometimes leads people to seek hairline surgery in San Francisco or other forms of treatment.

In particular, the post looks at three types of hair loss. They are alopecia areata, trichotillomania, and telogen effluvium, which have been singled out by KeepsHealthline, and other sources as potentially driven by stress.


Trichotillomania sparks an urge in people to pull hair from their scalps. This can occur somewhat absentmindedly—that is, when people are distracted or bored. It can also occur in a more intentional manner: Some people feel a strong urge to pull their hair as a way to relieve stress. Trichotillomania can feed on itself because the losing hair can act as a stressor on its own, causing a loop. Without treatment, this condition can persist indefinitely, with symptoms varying in intensity.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is another condition that may call for men hair loss treatment in San Francisco. Sometimes caused by stress, this autoimmune disease causes hair loss in round patches. The patches may start out small but become more noticeable over time, especially if they begin to connect. Both men and women are vulnerable to this condition, which can occur at any age. In fact, Medical News Today reports that the majority of cases emerge in people who are younger than 30.

Telogen Effluvium

Like alopecia areata, telogen effluvium often causes hair to fall out in patches. Telogen effluvium is characterized by a change in how many hair follicles are producing hair. Stress is a prominent trigger factor for telogen effluvium, according to the American Hair Loss Association. The good news is that this condition is reversible. For example, steps to reduce stress can in turn reduce the amount of hair loss caused by telogen effluvium.

Get Information on Hairline Surgery in San Francisco

If you’re concerned about stress-induced hair loss or another condition, the MHTA clinic can help. Our facility is led by Dr. John Diep, a leading bald treatment in San Francisco bald expert. Dr. Diep and the rest of our team will work with you to choose and implement the right solution. To learn more or schedule an appointment, you can use our contact form or call us at 415-230-2367 (for the San Francisco office) or 408-356-8600 (for our Los Gatos office).