2012
DOI: 10.1590/s0365-05962012000300010
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Hair loss perception and symptoms of depression in female outpatients attending a general dermatology clinic

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Hair loss is a common complaint among women and may be associated with psychological disturbances. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated dermatology patients with respect to the prevalence of complaints of hair loss and the association between these complaints and symptoms of depression. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted with female outpatients over 20 years of age with no hair-related disorders. Patients were asked about hair loss and were evaluated with respect to symptoms of depressio… Show more

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“…This concurs with related research regarding the psychosocial impact of hair loss in women, whether from illness or medication side effects, most notably in breast cancer (Freedman, 1994;Seawell & Danoff-Burg, 2005). Hair loss for women, even in women who are not ill, is also associated with symptoms of depression (Schmitt, Ribeiro, Souza, Siqueira, & Bebber, 2012). Because hair loss is a significant side effect of medical treatments, it is critical to assess the extent to which hair loss may be symbolic of illness, dramatic shifts in body self-image, and norms for women.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 90%
“…This concurs with related research regarding the psychosocial impact of hair loss in women, whether from illness or medication side effects, most notably in breast cancer (Freedman, 1994;Seawell & Danoff-Burg, 2005). Hair loss for women, even in women who are not ill, is also associated with symptoms of depression (Schmitt, Ribeiro, Souza, Siqueira, & Bebber, 2012). Because hair loss is a significant side effect of medical treatments, it is critical to assess the extent to which hair loss may be symbolic of illness, dramatic shifts in body self-image, and norms for women.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 90%
“…A variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder have been associated with years-long trait-like reactions to loss of something valued including a loved one (Turvey et al, 1999), pregnancy (Gong et al, 2013), an attachment relationship including marriage (Distel et al, 2011; Stalker and Davies, 1995), a job (Mandal et al, 2011), a capability such as vision (Zhang et al, 2013) or hearing (McDonnall, 2009), resources (Luyster et al, 2006), hair (Schmitt et al, 2012), or an expected reward (Huston et al, 2013). Repetitive thinking about what was lost, and about associated negative feelings has been identified with the transformation of loss into profound and often very negative outcomes (Nolen-Hoeksema et al, 1994).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Some have focused on stress causing hair fall, while others have looked for hair fall causing stress. One such study that focuses on hair fall causing stress was conducted in a public dermatological clinic, showing that out of 157 women interviewed, 54% reported hair loss and 29% reported at least two major symptoms of depression [14]. They concluded that complaints of hair loss were common and were associated with depression among adult female outpatients [14].…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%