MORE understanding is needed of the psychological problems of people affected by hair loss, experts said.
Almost a third of people in the UK suffered from hair loss or had experienced it.
While the majority were affected by male pattern baldness or hair thinning, around 2% suffered from alopecia.
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.
“This report demonstrates that hair loss cannot be dismissed as a one-dimensional problem but is a serious issue that requires emotional support.”
Sufferers reported a lack of understanding from doctors, who told patients that hair-thinning was a normal part of ageing and that asit was not life-threatening there was little to worry about.
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