At some point in your life, you may have had an experience where you felt so frustrated or angry that you almost could have pulled your hair out. What you may not realize is that this is an actual disorder. It’s called trichotillomania, and it’s essentially an impulse control disorder. The people who have this condition know that they’re damaging themselves when they twist or even rip their hair out, and yet they cannot stop themselves from doing it anyway.
We all know the old saying: You are what you eat. Well, silly though it may sound, there’s actually some truth to it. The nutrients we consume help form the building blocks of our body—and that includes our hair and skin. In a real and direct way, what we eat determines the quality of our skin, our hair, and beyond.
There are 55 million men in this country who struggle with hair loss—and if you’re not one of them, you may be worried that you could be. Hair loss is something that causes no small amount of anxiety in men, especially those who know that it’s a family trait. If your father lost his hair, there is a good chance that you’ll follow suit—or so the thinking goes.
You’ve probably heard jokes about stress and hair before: How a particularly trying situation can make a person go gray, or how too much anxiety leads to hair loss. But is there actually any truth to these jokes—or is it all a common misconception?
When it comes to going gray, the science is still unsettled. While a stressful situation may make you want to rip your hair out, there is little evidence to suggest that stress actually accelerates the aging process or causes premature graying.