Ignoring Early Hair Fall In Young Age, a Leading Cause Of Mental Illness

Psychosocial Impact Of Alopecia Is Greater In Women Than Men: Study.


New Delhi

Dr. Debraj Shome, a renowned Cosmetic Surgeon, Co-Founder and Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Dermatologist at The Esthetic Clinics conducted a questionnaire-based study on patients visting at different city of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

The study has been published in the journal of Dermatological Reviews, about alopecia’s (Hair fall) impact on the quality of life among adults in India.

The loss of hair including thinning, loss of volume or and baldness has a profound effect on the psychological and social sphere of one’s life.

Since our society has set stereotypical standards around an individual’s beauty and outward appearance, it unduly affects their self‐esteem, emotional capacity and mental well‐being. Though often mistaken to be primarily a male disease, women are equally affected by it with devastating consequences in their day‐to‐day life.

To understand the effects of hair loss in people, around 800 Patients above 18 years old responded to the questionnaire, out of which 442 were males and 358 were females. Based on the data, it was noticed that in the age group of 18-30 years, 30% Male have hair fall problems and around 27% Female reported hair fall problems which impacted their social life, they felt depressed, stayed at home, and avoided socialising. Many of them were reported to feel ashamed, embarrassed, frustrated, humiliated, or annoyed due to alopecia.

AgeMale MaleFemaleFemaleTotal Total
(in years)442%358%800%
Above 50243121.5364.5

Marrital StatusMale MaleFemaleFemaleTotal Total

RegionalMale MaleFemaleFemaleTotal Total

Dr. Debraj Shome, a renowned Cosmetic Surgeon, Co-Founder, at The Esthetic Clinics, said “According to the result of the study, it was noted that as a consequence of alopecia or hair loss can potentially have a psychological impact in the form of stress, anxiety, depression, loss of confidence, low esteem, suicidal thoughts, and social phobia due to  affecting their physical appearance. Approximately, 50% of men and women irrespective of their age are affected by alopecia due to several factors such as physical, chemical, hormonal changes, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, congenital diseases, infections, and neoplasms etc.”

Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Dermatologist at The Esthetic Clinics said “Balding or thinning hair can be more traumatic for women in a society and culture where a bald man may be socially acceptable but a bald woman is not with her hair being symbolic of her femininity. The mental health relevance and public health concern of alopecia need to be recognized and an inter‐disciplinary approach should be adopted for its resolution.”

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