The psychological effects of balding on men

The psychological effects of balding on men

Men often start to experience thinning of hair or a receding hairline in their 20s. Male hair loss is incredibly common. However, it can still be very distressing and negatively affect the mindset of an individual.

Around 50, half of all men observe noticeable hair loss and around 60, it affects around two thirds. Men often take going bald as a normal part of being male. Despite how common male pattern baldness is, it can cause untold distress and anguish to men.

Furthermore, it’s linked with the development of depression, anxiety, and poor self-image. It might cause an individual to lose self-confidence as well.

Hair loss or balding doesn’t affect old men only. It is estimated that a fifth of men experiences significant hair loss by the age of 20. Thus, it is an issue with both young and old alike. The point to ponder is that this issue is still considered so shameful and embarrassing to talk about. People often mock those who try to do something for being vain. While those who are balding are scorned and ridiculed for being old and unattractive.

Hair loss can generally lead to a feeling of being ugly among men. In extreme cases, it may also cause body dysmorphic disorder where a person is overwhelmingly anxious about their looks.

As a person starts to feel ugly and old, it affects both their personal and social life. They may encounter instances of social avoidance. However, society really fails to grasp quite the level of distress hair loss can cause men.

People often mistake a man’s hair with ideas of strength and power. Thus, anxieties around hair loss often get bound up with other anxieties. One may start to have numerous insecurities about their appearance and low self-esteem. Men who are single worry about finding a partner and those with a partner may fear losing one.

What to do about the situation?

There is no magic pill or miracle surgery to reverse hair loss. However, the first option men think about or try is hair transplant treatment. Some may try anti-hair loss medication, such as finasteride as well.

Note that these treatments only actually cause re-growth of hair in a small number of people. They might lower the rate of hair loss but cannot cause a 100% reversal. In addition, hair grafts and transplants have certain limitations. Also, they are very costly with results varying considerably.

The best possible solution to the problem is to accept the situation as it is. One must take care of their hair earlier to avoid such a situation. Use a good quality shampoo and oil your hair regularly. However, hair loss is common with age. If you come across such a situation, you must accept it.

Don’t go anxious about it. Experts also recommend a clinical psychologist to have a course of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address the distress men feel. This can help them to change their thoughts about their hair loss.

If you are already seeing signs of balding and receding hair, you can consult a dermatologist for potential oral and topical treatments. However, it may take months to see the results.

 

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The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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