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What is stress related hair loss?

Dr Louisa Draper

"It’s well established that hair loss can be related to emotional stress or anxiety. There’s usually about a 3 month delay between the stressful event or time period and your hair falling out. "

Dr Louisa Draper

Everybody loses a number of hairs from their head every single day. However, if you’re losing more than usual, or losing lots of hairs from one particular patch on your scalp, there could be an underlying cause.

The medical term for hair loss is ‘alopecia’. Hair loss is very common in men and women of all ages. It happens to some degree to most people at some point during their lives.


There are different reasons why you might be losing your hair. These can include:

  • a temporary illness
  • pregnancy
  • underlying health conditions (like an underactive thyroid)
  • medical treatment (for example chemotherapy)
  • or emotional stress
If you’ve lost lots more hair than usual or you’re worried that your hair is thinning, visit your local nurse or doctor for a consultation.