Stress and anxiety are common responses to discovering hair loss. After all, it is an unfortunate reality that most of us will experience to some degree in our lives, causing additional stress and disruption.
The fear of losing our hair is so ingrained in our psyche that dreams about hair loss are commonplace – much like dreams about losing our teeth. For some people, this fear of hair loss moves into the more deeply psychological manifestation of phobias.
What Is Trichophobia?
One such phobia is the fear of seeing or touching loose hairs known as trichophobia. A phobia such as this can have a profound impact on your day-to-day life since shedding some hair is a natural process for a healthy scalp.
Fear of hair loss also makes getting haircuts and other routine activities difficult, if not impossible, in some instances. Those affected can agonize over even simple hair-related tasks.
To determine if you may have developed a phobia, ask yourself questions such as how long you have been having negative reactions to particular instances like being exposed to loose hairs and recognizing if the behavior or emotional reaction to the stimuli are irrational.
While the root of this phobia could have many causes including traumatic experiences, an extension of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or having a close family member who also suffers from phobias; it is important to consult with a professional to get a medical diagnosis.
What is Peladophobia?
While trichophobia is a fear dealing more with hair physically falling out, peladophobia is a more direct fear of becoming bald or even of people who are bald. This is similar to trichophobia in how both phobias are social phobias dealing with something very specific.
Again, this kind of phobia can often be traced back to a particular triggering event. However, you will want to ask yourself similar questions as listed before. It is important to give yourself some time to consider what the cause of your phobia-like symptoms are. It may be related to other mental and emotional disorders that will need attention and treatment.
What is Phalacrophobia?
This particular phobia is remarkably similar to peladophobia but with a slight difference. Phalacrophobia is a fear of going bald. In this instance, the phobia is more focused on negative reactions to the mere notion or thought that one might be balding – even if no evidence exists to suggest that is happening.
All three of these phobias mentioned are socially hindering and can affect day-to-day life in very destructive ways. Don’t let hair phobias ruin your life… Talking to a therapist is recommended. It is also useful to be evaluated for any actual hair loss and how it can be treated.
RHRLI Can Restore Your Hairline and Your Confidence
Phobias, as well as any mental or emotional disorders, are serious business that need to be addressed by professionals. As part of your journey toward overcoming a phobia like those listed above, we at RHRLI offer many services (both surgical and non-surgical) to restore your hair including the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System. Our FUE hair transplant procedure is minimally invasive and will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation.