Illustrations by Ashley Goodall. I was in high school when I started going bald. And just like that, I had the hair equivalent of an eating disorder. I developed a bat-like awareness of anyone approaching from behind or standing above. At the time I was 17 and finishing school, and had zero money. But the following year I deferred from university so I could wash dishes in a restaurant and save for meds. This brought me to June of , when I paid for a daily course of one milligram of a hormone-suppressant called finasteride, bookended by a millilitre of a hair-stimulant called minoxidil, which I smeared onto my scalp morning and night. And then there are suicides, to which the World Health Organisation attributes finasteride in 55 cases internationally. But in my experience finasteride is the only chemical that works.
Author: Mike. A new study carried out by the University of Indiana in the US has found that stress — a major factor in several different types of hair loss — is quite literally killing people. Research into more than 2, people from Wisconsin who were in their 60s found that those who had little control of their work load had a Those who had a high level of control over their work and, therefore, were more free to enjoy a healthy work-life balance, were 34 per cent less likely to die. Stress is far more problematic that many people think, and far from being something to quietly suffer through, it comes with very real symptoms including — as the new study shows — a heightened risk of death.
A variety of factors — from illness to poor nutrition to hormonal imbalances to major stress — can contribute to hair loss. If you’re experiencing thinning hair or baldness, you need to get to the root of the problem to determine the best treatment. Hair loss — whether baldness or noticeably thinning hair — can occur for a number of different reasons. Sometimes hair loss is a side effect of a health problem that needs to be addressed and will remedy itself when the health problem is properly treated. When hair loss is due to a condition involving the hair itself, as in the case of alopecia, the hair loss can be permanent. Either an underactive thyroid, a medical condition called hypothyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, can result in hair loss because each condition causes a hormonal imbalance.