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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress cause baldness?

Can stress cause baldness?

Yes: Psychological stress can result in various physical conditions, including hair loss. Practicing thought dropping, meditation exercises, and various relaxation exercises can help. However, it's best to get a medical evaluation, since there are many medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, that can be the cause. ...Read more

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Stress and thyroid cause hair loss. What else?

Stress and thyroid cause hair loss. What else?

Many things: Any acute illness or surgery, psoriasis or other skin disease if it affects the scalp, some meds, genetics, age... ...Read more

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Can daily stress be a major cause of male hair loss? Does it increase the male hormone? Can hair grow back?

Can daily stress be a major cause of male hair loss? Does it increase the male hormone? Can hair grow back?

Yes: Stress can result in many effects including hair shedding on anybody- male or female, Stress can also elevate cortisol levels that in turn can lower testosterone. Hair can grow back if the underlying issues are addressed. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/definition/con-20027666 ...Read more

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How do I fix musculoskeletal problems from constant panic attacks, stress, and anxiety? Also years of computer work, lack of stretching and exercise.

How do I fix musculoskeletal problems from constant panic attacks, stress, and anxiety? Also years of computer work, lack of stretching and exercise.

Treat the anxiety: Anxiety can present with feelings of stress and tension. Musculoskeletal pain and tenderness and other physical symptoms may accompany anxiety. Getting treated for the anxiety therefore helps to alleviate associated physical symptoms. Adding some physical workouts also helps the anxiety. ...Read more

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At 28, can hair grow back if your hairfall is cause by stress & not by genetics?

At 28, can hair grow back if your hairfall is cause by stress & not by genetics?

Exactly which ??: Depends on what you mean by "stress"? Ordinary anxieties of everyday life do not cause hair loss. Severe physiologic stress does cause it. Begin with a diagnosis, best result from a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have heart pain, from anxiety, stress, and natural lack of well being. I'm 28 female, how can I deal with heart pain associated w/ anxiety & stress.

I have heart pain, from anxiety, stress, and natural lack of well being. I'm 28 female, how can I deal with heart pain associated w/ anxiety & stress.

Stress: work with your health care provider or a qualified mental health counselor to deal with the reason for your stress and anxiety which will then naturally relieves your chest discomfort. ...Read more

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Are there any quick results for reducing cortisol from chronic stress? Or is it just learning stress reducing methods and lifestyl changes?

Are there any quick results for reducing cortisol from chronic stress? Or is it just learning stress reducing methods and lifestyl changes?

Stress management: Suggest making a list of all your potential stressful events in your life, prioritizing these and considering approaches. Get a relaxation cd at a book store and start using the exercises. Make sure you get regular physical exercise. Maybe get counseling, but also consider biofeedback. Avoid smoking, and recreational drugs. You can learn to control this. ...Read more

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Can stress lead to permanent hair loss.I am a man and lost a lot of weight in a short time and have chronic stress and insomnia, and now hair loss.?

Can stress lead to permanent hair loss.I am a man and lost a lot of weight in a short time and have chronic stress and  insomnia, and now hair loss.?

YES: Yes on multiple levels. Stress has a huge impact on the body including hormones. But weight loss also has an impact due to vitamin and mineral issues. Check with your pcp make sure vitamin and mineral status is alright. Work on stress with exercise. Genetics also do play a role in male hair loss. ...Read more

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Can stress and depression affect erection quality?

Can stress and depression affect erection quality?

They certainly: Can in some people. In addition, the medications for such conditions can also affect erectile function in some people. ...Read more

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Can stress or anxiety lower testosterone in men?

Can stress or anxiety lower testosterone in men?

Defitely yes: Testosterone levels can decrease with acute or chronic stress or anxiety. Theory is that the stress or "flight and fright" hormoes, epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and cortisol. This lowers the anabolic (tissue build up) process and inhibits testosterone production. This is reversed after stress and anxiety are relieved. ...Read more

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Need some tips on preventing mpb/stress hairloss in a teenager?

Need some tips on preventing mpb/stress hairloss in a teenager?

Stress Less: These recommendations are for stress in general ; not specifically for hair loss. Ways to address stress. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation. ...Read more

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Can seredyn dietary supplement help with Ed related to stress and performance anxiety reasons ?

Can seredyn dietary supplement help with Ed related to stress and performance anxiety reasons ?

Not aware: Not aware of seredyn, but there is some evidence that L-arginine may help with ED. As a young man, ED is most likely not a physical issue, rather a mental one, so anything to relieve your anxiety would help. One sign that your anatomy and physical health is likely OK when it comes to erections is whether you have erections while asleep, as typically your stress level is low while you are asleep. ...Read more

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Can a normal man(with no Male patter baldness or heredity issue)use minoxidil to make his hair denser(more hair) and thicker?? Will it work?

Can a normal man(with no Male patter baldness or heredity issue)use minoxidil to make his hair denser(more hair) and thicker??  Will it work?

Worth a shot: Minoxidil can be used in both men and women to increase the thickness of scalp hair. Minoxidil does not work well for those with male pattern baldness, because it is related to hormone production from within the body. The fact you don't have male-pattern baldness, I would encourage you to try it but it will usually take 3 months before you notice a difference. ...Read more

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Hi can taking too much zinc trigger hair thinning in the form of male pattern baldness ? Please help

Hi can taking too much zinc trigger hair thinning in the form of male pattern baldness ? Please help

Doubtful: You're eighteen years old and right about now, you're going to lose the hair on the your temples like every other guy between 18 and 22 years. Taking zinc routinely isn't an especially good idea but i'm not aware of any reason to think it will accelerate further hair loss. You'll find "holistic medicine" sites that claim it cures baldness ; others that it causes baldness; ignore this stuff. ...Read more

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Can physical and emotional stress accelerate the progression of arthritis?

Can physical and emotional stress accelerate the progression of arthritis?

Yes: Physical stress on the joints can cause progression of the arthritis. Emotional stress tends to increase the symptoms of arthritis. ...Read more

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Can stress cause baldness?

Yes: Psychological stress can result in various physical conditions, including hair loss. Practicing thought dropping, meditation exercises, and various relaxation exercises can help. However, it's best to get a medical evaluation, since there are many medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, that can be the cause. ...Read more

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I am experiencing hair loss. How can I tell if it's stress related or pattern baldness? Can I get a prescription for generic Propecia here?

I am experiencing  hair loss. How can I tell if it's stress related or pattern baldness? Can I get a prescription for generic Propecia here?

Hair loss. : Generally, male pattern baldness tends to be in a predictable pattern, such as the receding hairline or the clearing atop the head. Stress related hair loss is patchy and scattered in small circular areas. As well, early male pattern baldness tends to run in the men of the family. And hair lost during times of stress generally will come back. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more