If you\u2019re finding more strands of hair than usual on your pillowcase and in the shower drain, you may be wondering if anxiety is to blame.\nYou\u2019ve probably heard about a possible link between stress and hair loss, but is there any truth to that claim? Whether you\u2019re feeling frazzled by work or are overwhelmed by emotional events such as divorce or a death in the family, it\u2019s natural to feel concerned about how stress can affect your body. Here\u2019s what you should know about stress and hair loss.\n \r\n \r\n Find more health facts with the family health newsletter \r\n \r\n Enter your email to subscribe\r\n \r\n \r\n\t \r\n \r\n Sign Up \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time.\r\n \r\n \r\n \nCan Anxiety Cause Hair Loss?\nNot only do stress and anxiety play a role in hair loss, they are also linked to the following three conditions that can trigger you to lose hair.\nTelogen effluvium\nThis condition is a common cause of temporary hair. Stress can push hair follicles into a \u201cresting\u201d phase so that they don\u2019t produce new hair strands. Over time, hair can fall out more easily, even if you\u2019re just washing, combing, or touching it. Telogen effluvium also can be caused by poor nutrition and changes in hormone levels.\nTrichotillomania\nIf you\u2019ve ever found yourself literally pulling out your hair when you\u2019re stressed or tense, it could be a sign of trichotillomania. In this psychological condition, people deal with negative emotions, like stress and anxiety, by pulling hair from the scalp, face, and other parts of the body. It\u2019s most commonly seen in teenage girls.\nAlopecia areata\nIn this condition, your body\u2019s immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing your hair to fall out. In some cases, alopecia areata can just cause hair to thin, while in other cases people may develop bald spots. Hair can regrow over time, then fall out again. Doctors aren\u2019t sure exactly what causes alopecia areata, though genetics may play a role. And although it\u2019s not caused by stress, alopecia areata can be very stressful for any person dealing with this condition.\nStress and Hair Loss: Potential Ways to Cope\nAny number of stressful situations can trigger hair loss, including pregnancy, chronic illness, injury, relationship issues, financial concerns, poor nutrition, surgery, medications such as antidepressants, and even jet lag. To counteract stress and protect your hair, try these tips:\n\nLearn and practice relaxation techniques (such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga) regularly\nGet regular exercise, which helps manage stress and its effects\nSpend time with positive people \u2014 isolating yourself can make stress worse\nSeek professional help from a therapist\nEat a healthy diet and take a multivitamin if your doctor recommends it\nTreat your hair with care when washing, drying, and styling it\n\nHair loss from stress doesn\u2019t have to be permanent. If it continues, talk to a doctor about a prescription or over-the-counter remedy to spark hair regrowth.