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PSTD/Stress - Hair Falling Out

Discussion in 'General' started by cactus, Aug 1, 2007.

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  1. cactus

    cactus New Member

    Just wondered about this, today found my hair is falling out, bald patches, it has done it before, but i wondered if any of you with PTSD had anything similar happen to you?

    It is purely through stress, the specialist at the hospital told me the last time it happened.

    Your body attacks itself, resulting in bald patches, fortunately, it grew back the previous time.

    The thought just struck me that this may or may not be related with PTSD, i have never read anywhere before it is, but was interested to know if PTSD /stress had affected any of you in a similar way?

    (I know i was anxious, very anxiety ridden a few weeks ago, part of the PTSD...)
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  3. permban0077

    permban0077 Policy Enforcement Banned

    Before I was treated and knew I had this I had the same issues. Luckily it has been a while since I have deal with that.
  4. She Cat

    She Cat Policy Enforcement Banned Premium Member Sponsor $100+

    Mine didn't fall out to the point of having bald spots, but got thin. I would lose hair just walking. It just feel out like crazy. My Dr. said it happens when the hormones get all out of whack. Yeah one more thing to blame on PTSD.

  5. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt! Premium Member

    My hair fries when I'm stressed. It thins out and gets.. all scratchy feeling, not soft like it normally is.

    Makes sense to me as stress effects all parts of our bodies, so why not our hair?

  6. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    Yes, stress does that. Another one of those signs that everything is not alright in your life at present. I say that as a more so now, than normal with PTSD.
  7. hodge

    hodge I'm a VIP Premium Member Donated

    OMG, I actually was thinking today about posting a thread or poll on this very subject!! Yes, I am losing more hair than I used to before the symptoms hit full force. I'm fortunate to have thick hair, so it's not noticeable, but I have to deal with cleaning it up, so I notice it, lol.

    The worst hair loss I had was in my first semester at university. I was failing calculus after having straight As in math up to that point. I had tutor after tutor after tutor and just couldn't get it. It was first time I ever failed a class, so, major stress-out. I lost so many eyelashes, there were large bare spots on my eyelids. It was freaky. But they did grow back, and I haven't had that again.
  8. wildfirewildone

    wildfirewildone Well-Known Member

    :eek:In the past when I took the medication Depakote I noticed that I experienced a lot of thinning in my hair...It lost the thickness that I had had before taking that med...and still is very thin and I'm just 52...PEACE FOR THE PLANET
  9. pandora

    pandora I'm a VIP

    Hair loss from stress is something that actually happens and can cause the great big bald spots, it is actually called "alopecia", if my nursing skills are still there. My memory is not what it used to be! Someone else i know, she had PTSD ( I suspect) we never spoke of it at the time, anyway this did happen to her. I cannot remember if there was a medical treatment but it did grow back in.
  10. opabob

    opabob New Member

    I had rumatiod (sp) arthritis the whole time I was married to my dear, lovely X. There were days I couldn't shave or brush my teeth because my hands and shoulders hurt so bad. Got divorced, WOW!!! Pain gone in a week and inflamation gone in a month, and I've been pain free since 1990. Stress induced autoimune (sp) disease. I still have fingers and toes that are bent funny, but no more pain!!!

    My bride is 49, and also has alopecia. She had small bald patches when we first met 7 years ago, but it ALL fell out 4 or 5 years ago. We were just married last month.

    I think my hair loss was pretty much complete BEFORE this PTSD stuff, it's more of a genetic thing.
  11. goingonhope

    goingonhope Member Premium Member

    When someone has any symptom naturally for one it might be caused from one thing and for another person caused from another thing.

    Effectively now, and directly from reading this post. ((Thanks cactus.)) I do believe that my hair loss is the result of stress.

    With me, it comes and it goes, meaning sometimes and for a period of time I may reach up to touch my head or something, wash my hair or brush it and clumps of my hair falls out. Though I have very thick, full hair and only once found a temporary bald spot, it falls out erratically and in clumps.

    In the past, I've gone to see the doctor for this and though he never once suggested what might be the cause he tested me and told me what wasn't the cause. His concern at the time was lupus.

    Even though I do still have an unidentifiable auto-immune illness with idealogy unknown and causing me to lose my vision in both eyes, and even though it's been highly recommended in previous yrs. that I have a lumbar test done, among other tests for a possible demylenating Multiple Sclerosis condition, I've as of yet not been fortunate to follow through with this testing. Can't see what good it would do me anyhow.

    So I've too had the thoughts that my severe hair loss (at times), may or may not be related to this or that, ect.

    Anyways, cactus. Reflecting on my experiences with hair-loss and what I now know and trust from this thread, I personally believe that my long-lived loss of hair problem has everything to do with Stress.

    I'm thinking that when the loss of hair is caused from stress, it's easier to accept and cope with because for me it does grow back, and my hair is so thick, (like my head), (LOL), I've got plenty to lose. :rofl:..:rofl:..:rofl:!

  12. Grama-Herc

    Grama-Herc I'm a VIP

    When I was hospitalized for my "problem" one of the 1st things I was checked for was any form of thyroid malfunction. One of the signs is significant hair loss. Now I am still dropping hair with every step I take even though I am on medication for my thyroid, so this one is hard to call. But my hair is falling out daily and constantly and I'm loosing A LOT! So what is the answer
  13. She Cat

    She Cat Policy Enforcement Banned Premium Member Sponsor $100+

    HI Herc,

    You said that you are on meds for you thyroid. When was the last time your levels were tested???? I know that if they don't get the levels to an optimal place, then you still have issues.....

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