A report commissioned by a hair-loss supplement company in the UK says that many balding men need therapy to deal with the situation.
Many of those with hair loss reported no emotional problems, but a “significant minority” were found to be at risk of serious psychosocial consequences – including depression, anxiety, lower self-esteem and identity change, according to the report’s author, health psychologist Dr Nigel Hunt. He said: “While hair loss affects a quarter of the population, the psychosocial consequences are relatively unknown.” He added that people with the condition should be given more access to therapy to deal with the psychological issues associated with hair loss. The study, which questioned more than 1400 people found that a quarter with hair loss felt distressed when they looked in the mirror, 33% felt self-conscious, and almost 20% said they lacked confidence in social situations. Those polled said the condition had a “significant risk” of damaging relationships and worried their sexual attractiveness would decrease.