Most hair loss is genetic in nature. However, external factors such as traumatic stress can trigger thinning hair even in those individuals not genetically susceptible to the effects of pattern baldness. For those that carry the balding gene, stress can accelerate hair loss.
Traumatic stress may be the cause of temporary non-genetic hair loss such as telogen effluvium, a specific variety of diffuse alopecia. Telogen effluvium is characterized by thinning hair all over the scalp or in the affected areas in cases of scalp infections like seborrheic dermatitis.
In many cases, stress induced hair loss is temporary, but hair growth won't return until stress is first brought under control. Consulting with a dermatologist specializing or a skilled and experienced hair restoration physician is a great start.
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