A study at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine showed that, aside from genetics, the loss of a spouse was the biggest factor used to predict hair loss in women. The study looked at 84 female identical twins to determine what lifestyle factors most affected hair loss patterns.
In a divorce, your life is thrown into chaos. You lose your partner, your financial status might change drastically, and you may even be forced to relocate. There may also be issues related to child custody, which can be very emotional. The stress hormones released during these trying times can cause changes in the normal growth and dormancy pattern of the hair shaft and follicle.
Coping With Hair Loss
The loss of a healthy head of hair can be particularly difficult for a woman following divorce.
Hair loss is something that most men dread, but that they usually come to accept when the time comes. For them, it's a natural part of growing older. Most men have male friends and family members with hair loss, so they don't feel alone in the experience.
Women, on the other hand, see hair loss in a much different way. A woman's hair is a large part of her overall style and beauty; most women are very upset at the thought of having bald spots or severely thinning hair. Because of this, hair loss can intensify self-esteem and self-image issues that may accompany a divorce.
While divorce stress plays a role in hair loss, it's not the only lifestyle factor that can contribute. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diet can also have a major impact on your overall health, including the health of your hair. It's important to try to embrace healthy habits during and after your Virginia divorce so that your body will be able to withstand this stressful time.
If you experience hair loss after your divorce, speak to your healthcare provider; there are methods that might help you. You should also do what you can to reduce your stress levels, for example, practicing meditation, going to counseling, and participating in enjoyable activities.
Contacting a Virginia Child Custody Attorney
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