Magazine article USA TODAY

Loss of Tresses Depresses

Magazine article USA TODAY

Loss of Tresses Depresses

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Hair loss is most commonly associated with male-pattern baldness, but women can have alopecia, too, and it may have significant impact on their quality of life. Too often, women suffer psychological and emotional effects that can range from decreased self-esteem to anxiety and depression, maintains physician David H. Kingsley of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Geneva, Ill.

Hundreds of women with hair leas who were interviewed on the topic reported:

* Lees of self-esteem. "Other people are always looking at my hair." "I feel unattractive or undesirable as a result of my hair loss."

* Social dysfunction. "I go out less because of my hair loss." "My hair loss has limited my sexual activity."

* Anxiety and depression. "Losing my hair has been the most disturbing event of my life." "I constantly worry about my hair loss."

The loss of hair in women is likely to be diffuse--a thinning of hair rather than the typical male-pattern "monk's tonsure" or "cue ball" effect. This less apparent level in women accounts in some degree for the underestimation of its importance in their lives, Kingsley asserts. Many people, including physicians, do not commonly think of hair loss as a female concern. …

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