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First, know that there’s nothing wrong with being assertive when someone is making you uncomfortable by staring excessively or asking rude questions. Avoid escalating any negative situations, but it’s OK to be blunt and ask someone to stop staring or to tell them that their questions are inappropriate. 1. Acknowledge the Situation. Sometimes people try to stay in denial when they face a tough situation.

However, the longer you try to avoid the problem, the longer it will take to address it. Acknowledge the situation exists, regardless of how you feel about it. Be prepared to face the situation head on so you can get.

Depending on the extent of your hair-loss this might involve employing a number of techniques to cover up the patches, or deciding that you’re happy not covering it up and concentrating instead on dealing with reactions from family and friends as well as strangers. There is no simple solution to dealing with awkward of difficult situations. Ensuring that your breath fills your belly and your lungs is vital in promoting diaphragmatic breathing that will not only ground the body, but also the mind.

Tune into the below video for an animated breathing exercise if you get caught up in a stressful situation: 2. Journaling. Alopecia Areata; Hair Loss Effluviums the period of waiting and “not knowing” if a treatment will work that most women find it difficult to cope with hair loss. then get a handle on the. Though it’s usually temporary, hair loss from chemotherapy can bring up big feelings. Find out about possible prevention, self-car. It is important to acknowledge that you are experiencing these emotions, then find ways to remain composed and mentally calm while coping with difficult situations.

Practicing meditation can help you to remain calm in the face of many pressures in your life. Take time out from the difficult situation. When dealing with difficult patients, it helps to watch your language as closely as possible to prevent the situation from escalating. Usually difficult, angry and manipulative patients will attempt to draw you into a shouting match, pull on your own angry emotions, and attempt to bait you into becoming verbally aggressive.

Don’t speak poorly of former or current companies or co-workers. Don’t be self-focused to the point of discussing yourself in a superior light. Avoid discussing your own shortcomings… unless you also mention your growth. Don’t choose a situation that isn’t job-related unless you have no work experience. Children often imagine situations worse than reality; therefore, offering developmentally appropriate facts can reduce fears.

Explain simple safety steps. Tell your child this disease spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or when one touches infected objects or surfaces.

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To prevent some of the emotional trauma associated with alopecia, it often helps to have a patient obtain a wig before hair loss begins to occur.

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There are several treatments for alopecia areata, including corticosteroids and topical immunotherapy.

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Alopecia and propranolol therapy.

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Discuss with patient potential coping strategies if alopecia occurs (i.e., wig, scarves).

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Study on preventing alopecia caused by chemo

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■ A network of support groups across the country is available to help patients cope: Alopecia Areata Foundation (http://www.alopeciaareata.com).

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The doctor may suggest a liquid medication (minoxidil) to put on areas with alopecia.

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Treatment of alopecia X with medroxyprogesterone acetate.

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• Alopecia areata can require intralesional corticosteroid injections, topical immunotherapy, or systemic therapy with agents such as methotrextate (Trexall).1 • A scalp biopsy is critical to guide therapy in scarring alopecia.

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It is often helpful for patients to prepare for alopecia by procuring a scalp prosthesis (wig or hairpiece) before it becomes necessary.

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  • Thank you so much for taking the time to create this video. I’ve been suffering with hair loss for 2 years now, no one can tell me why. It’s a shock, and no one talks about it so I had no idea how to deal with it. I’ve just had a mini meltdown after trying to style my hair and found this video while hiding from the world in bed. It has helped a lot. I will definitely be taking your advice.

    I would just like to add that your hair is beautiful.

  • Thank you for sharing your story with us in that beautiful poem! I haven’t been diagnosed with alopecia but I do suffer from hair thinning, mainly in the middle of my head. It does make me feel depressed at times because I was always known to be the girl with the thick long hair. So now I mostly wear wigs, but I am going to try to start wearing my natural hair out again. In hopes of regaining some thickness back, I will be incorporating some new products in my arsenal.

  • Mine came from stress of being in an abusive marriage but my hair really started falling out after the fact!!! 2017-2018 it was really coming out. Then in 2019 to much stress with my son coming back home to live with me was still coming out. January 2020 its come out still but I stopped using rogaine so I believe its coming out from that. So 2 1/2 years I’ve dealt with this. I’m trying rice water now. It’s not coming from vitamin deficiency they are all good.

  • U r sooo beautiful! Shoot, u make those wigs look good. Thnk u for d inspiring mssg. I knew a girl in her early 20s coping with alopecia. Her mother was also coping. They both wore beautiful wigs and one never would know unless he or she was told. Unfortunately, the mother’s boyfriend left her because of her condition. Smh. He did not know she had alopecia when they began dating. I say, he needed to hit the bricks cause obviously he was not worthy.

  • I kinda give up. I’m 13 and I tried a lot but nothing works I’m beginning to feel helpless and less of a person people have made me feel like I am less of one. I lost all of my hair and my eyebrows are thinning and eye lashes are sort of coming off. It’s been 3 months and nothing. There’s no day where I don’t think about this and I hate my self and I just don’t care nor wanna be here. I feel like I lost my self because I cared so much about my hair and it was 100% of my confidence. I cry my self to sleep everyday and get bullied by own friends and sometime even family. None of them know how much this has hurt me and I wish they could feel it. I would never wish this upon any one it truly hurts.

  • First Vitiligo makes me look like a freak, and now Alopecia, just became a bigger freak, and people wonder why is he pissed ��, suppose to be thankful I’m still breathing, only sometimes, but most of the time I’m pissed off.

  • i have alopecia and im a male.obviously i cant hide my bald spot bcuz its in the back of my head and everyone is making fun of me.alopecia fucking sucks

  • She came into significant understanding in her late 20’s, so quite naturally it was the “Wall.” Her problem was that women didn’t want her either.

  • I think not comparing is number one thing, especially as a 21 year old its easy to feel down when people ur age have thick full hair but life is more than that

  • You are great. I mean it’s been three years and I have been suffering from this disorder. It impacts you psychologically big time. I am going to start the AIP diet soon. Hoping for the best! Thanks for bringing me hope.

  • I’m a 24 year old male with alopecia, and this disorder has completely destroyed me, I’ve lost 75% of my hair, and 100% of all my confidence is gone, I havent been with another female since this has started either Idk what to do I honestly dont want to live any more, and my doctor doesn’t seem to know what to do either ��

  • I started losing my hair at 13-14, I was so hurt. Back then it wasn’t that bad but when a classmate pointed out a bald spot near my crown, I was hurt. Currently 21 and I’ve lost so much hair since then, my hair use to be thick full and beautiful, and now it is thin and sparse. I just bought a topper and I’m trying to find the courage to wear my topper when I’m with those I know at work. I can relate very much and have brought myself down when I see women with such gorgeous hair. My biggest insecurity and I’ve quieted down to not bring attention to myself. I’ve been looking at videos to help me wear it, and I feel inspired to be able to wear it to work. I just need to accept it and I’m glad I’m able to do so. Thank you, you’ve changed my perspective and I will embrace myself ❤️

  • I was diagnosed in January of this year, 2019 but I was having symptoms about a year before. I still have most of my hair but I rarely wear it out. I do 2-strand twists after I wash/condition and other than see my dermatologist once a month, I leave it alone. I usually wear a hat, scarf, or a wig. I’ve made the decision that whether I have hair or not, life must go on. I got a lot of living to do. We can’t allow alopecia to take our lives away. I’m a nurse and believe me, I see much much worse on any given day. Thanks for sharing your story. You do such a beautiful job with your wigs.

  • Hii Deepa! Greeting from Indonesia, i’m wondering how do you take your supplements? There areeeee lots! As far as i know, probiotics could be take at night, before sleep.
    How bout the rest?
    Do you think it would be okay if i just consume several of them??

  • Thank you for sharing your strength and story. I have Telogen Effluvium and it’s actually nice to be able to change my hair style and look more often than others. I own my hair loss. It doesn’t own me. ❤❤

  • Hi, I started looking my hair after a year full of stress. I know my Alopcia has been caused due to stress. I have made changes but stress is still there and that’s apart of life. My hair started to grow back but it’s completely white and doesn’t fully cover the patch. Not every hair folicol is growing back. And now it’s started again, from the front. I’m really hoping that the list if vitamins start to help. ��

  • What kind of alopecia do you have? I have androgenic and never stopped since 10 years..want to shave so badly.should I use rogains?

  • you are still very attractive. My hair is very similar to yours. It’s thinning, but I can hide the front bald part, but since I used rogaine, I started losing more hair in the front, so I stopped using it. Now my front scalp is shown when I am exercising because of the sweat or heavy wind. The back is pretty bad too, but with proper hair style and a shampoo with thick hair makes it look decent for me. But once you look at my back, you know I am kinda balding. Sigh. I am male 30 years old. Losing since high school (genetics or where I live probably), but I exercise and eat healthy to maintain the hair, but since I started working, I have way too many cheat days, so I guess it’s speeding it up. Your hair looks thicker than before though!

  • I’m 17 year old guy and I started to grow my hair out during August. I never had a haircut that I liked until now. But now that I was finally happy with it. I’m pretty sure my hair is falling out I’m getting emotional just writing this. I don’t know what to do I’ve become very sad maybe even depressed. It’s falling out slowly at the left side of my head. I started noticing during mid March. I’m only 17 man why me I see older dudes and they have normal hair and it makes me feel sad

  • Thank you for sharing your journey. I am very sad because of my hair loss condition. I am trying to see it differently but my hair was/is the most beautiful feature on me. I have androgenetic alopecia propably. The dermatologists I ve’ met are indifferent and they immediately give strong medications like menoxidil and finasteride without explaining anything. I wish you health, happiness and strength.

  • I’ve been awfully upset about my sudden hair shedding and my wide parting. I really needed to hear this. Thank you for sharing. You’ve really enabled me to breathe and embrace it. Love ya!

  • Hi, just want to say you’re very beautiful! I can’t rock the bald Lol but you look stunning. I have alopecia areata but throughout the years has been becoming universalis. It’s been a rollercoaster ride. Ive had some very dark days that were hard to come back from but I’ve learned how to cope and talk about it without feeling embarrassed or breaking down; its made me humble and understanding of other peoples hurt. I’ve been told million of times “ its just hair, you can draw ur eyebrows, use fake eyelashes and a wig.. problem solved!” But the emotional toll Is hard to hide. I had a lady at the grocery store ask me which eyelashes would be better for her since she had none of her own.. I helped her and she noticed my hairless face up close then asked me.. “Are going through chemo too?”. It was a big eyeopener for me since It gave me a chance to see my condition in a different perspective. Of course I still have my ups and downs but I’m so thankful for my children, my husband, and my life because after all I’m “healthy” and Im alive.

  • I didn’t realize it was an autoimmune disease!!!! Do you have other kinds of autoimmune issues?!
    And do you still have hair growth then loss?!
    This is awesome you’re brave enough to share this challenge. Beauty doesn’t require hair and many need to hear that!!!
    L’Chaim!!!

  • Love everything about this video and all you talked about. It’s the most raw truth about dealing with hair loss. It’s frustrating, sad and you go through so many phases into the process. However, looking from another perspective, from the grateful side of things and acknowledging all the beautiful things we have in life other that spending so much energy on one unique thing (hair loss) is just a waste of our precious time here on this earth. God made us all beautiful and even in the scriptures we can read that he knows every single strand of hair that we have and we are way more valuable than it. May we find grace and reasons to be thankful. Thank you for all the beautiful information you share with us.

  • Hello. I have been reading about prp(platelet rich plasma)have you tried that or if you can help me? I have had alot of hairloss due to pcos and there isn’t sign of significant hair growth. Alot of people are saying it does work on androgenic alopecia.

  • Hey my mum’s going through chemo and I’ve tried saying she’s still beautiful but she gets so emotional and says she’s not, is there anything I could say to her to help:( x

  • Thank you Deepa. I’ve found out over the past few months that I have scoliosis, need surgery for it, and have found a bald spot the size of a 50p coin the other week (my nan dealt with alopecia at my age too). I’ve also started university recently and its making this time really stressful.
    Thank you for telling me that I need to avoid the victimhood which is so easy to sit in, I needed to hear it and now I can tell it to myself too.
    Thank you

  • Thank you for the beautiful encouragement information I have Alopecia and baldness going on, some areas the hair is not as long as other areas or no hair at all. very thin, I find that even when I use some products that after a while I can’t use them, it makes me have bumps and itching my scalp hurts. So I just use natural things on my hair in washing at times and I don’t have those problems.. most of the time I cut all my hair off because I look like George Jefferson on the top with a little hair on top front. but this time I will just leave it along and just wrap my head up or wear a wig.. Keep sharing your story,,smiles

  • Just finished crying about my hair loss and my mothers hair loss. It’s hard to watch. Thank you for your inspiration this meant so much to me.

  • Thank you for the last minute or so. I was really uneasy I had to tear up when I saw a patient passing for the first time. I felt overly emotional when I thought I shouldnt… But I guess I just need to embrace myself for what it is. Thank you.

  • awesome video. I use Blue Magic and will NEVER EVER go back to using anything else. I am fortunate to have not suffer from alopeciia however, I have suffered hair setback after hair setback.. I went back old school and started using hair grease, yes I said it, hair grease Blue Magic. I use it in conjunction with my shea butter blend I make myself. I prepoo once a week, apply my leave-in and seal with Blue Magic. I have hair down my back now, this has never ever happened with my hair. I love your hair and ladies, old school works., $2.29 a tub smhhhh if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. just saying….

  • hi Lylah, thank you SO MUCH for this video I really enjoyed listening to you being so honest. Since I lost a bunch of hair after going on birth control I have had the same feelings I can’t stop looking at other women’s hair and thinking how everyone else’s is so much thicker than mine. On bad days I can get really bogged down in a negative mindset how jealous I feel and how unfair it seems. But then I remind myself that everyone has something that they feel like they lack in other people with thick hair might be looking at me thinking, it’s so unfair that she has xx or xxx and I don’t. Everyone focuses and amplifies their negatives like crazy, making us irrational and completely forgetting about all the positives in our lives and the things we are just born and blessed. On the flip side, if you look for your positives, you will find those too and I always try to remind myself that we have control over that choice. Thanks so much again for the video xxx

  • Thank you, your videos have Made me feel less isolated. You normalized this, you are so right being open to talking to people. Take care.
    Warm regards Ron Mft

  • thank you for making me(and i’m sure so many other women/people) feel less alone. true beauty, grace, and bravery, thank you ❤️ like you said, most important is to just BE GRATEFUL! i cry about it sometimes, but i accept this being my struggle when things really could be worse. Be blessed��☮️��

  • So true, when I was a med student and went to labor room for the first time and saw the busy nurses and howling n crying patients….I felt like I could never pull it off.
    Whenever the patient would scream in pain I used to feel a similar pain and agony…… It’s weird.I felt I could never hold the needle holder and perform.
    episiotomy.

    But gradually as I increased my visits in the labor room, casualty etc..I came out of this situation. I was able to detach myself from the patient. It took time in my case almost 6 months…but eventually I could perform minor procedures and stuff.I could care for them even by being detached.

  • This is such a beautiful video. Thank you so much for it. I am going currenlty going through hair loss and these type of vidoes really make it easy.

  • Thank you so much for this! I also am part of the hair loss community and make YouTube videos about women’s hair loss on my channel, but I still love watching other women talk and share so publicly about the experience. Lylah, you’re doing such a great job helping women. Hugs! (I’m also from Toronto!)

  • I understand how hard the emotional impact really can be. If you feel that you need help dealing with hair loss or need to understand more about this issue, I would definitely recommend visiting the link listed below.
    https://www.youtube.com/williamgaunitztrichologist

  • Love your videos. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for being there. Whenever I feel low I watch your videos and it changes everything.

  • Layla you’re beautiful both the inside and outside. You have never been afraid to show us your scalp and the state of your hair. You’ve introduced us fibers and demostrated how to apply it so no one can guess it’s real. Then you tried toppers and wigs for others who can’t use fibers. Girl you rock! I hope you understand your mission on the Earth you’re special (hair) agent for all the girls who are afraid to talk about it, to start finding the solution. Thank you and I wish you all the best in your life and future. For me, you are a true celebrity. <3

  • Thank you so much for this video, Lylah! Yours were some of the very first videos I watched immediately following my diagnosis with AGA (within the first few hours!), and watching you grow and become a mom has been more inspiring and important to me than I can put into words. The content you make is literally life saving, and I am so grateful to you for sharing such an intimate part of your life and yourself with us.

  • I have been suffering from alopecia for a while. Last year I found out I had alopecia when I discovered a round patchy hairless area at the back of my head. I was very depressed and thought about every worst scenarios in my head like what if all my hair falls out and all I could think about is how to hide it. I became very very conscious about my hair in public. I crazily searched the internet for the cure but there wasnt any and I saw most of the victims of alopecia usually opt for injections but I was very nervous about it so I just opted for home remedy I went for like alovera and coconut oil and everything thing I could find and the things YouTube suggested but after some time I just stopped using it I just tried to keep that area clean as possible and just let it be and after few months my mom told me that there was some improvement so later that year I GREW my hair back. But unfortunately after some months like may be 3-4 months I started noticing a new round patch on my head and now facing it again is just FREAKING me out..!!!

  • I’ve heard many things about the PRP treatment for people with androgenic alopecia! you should try it and create a vid abt it too!

  • Thank you so much for this video. This really does not get talked about, and really should be. Not experiencing emotions that everyone else seems to be having makes you feel like an outsider, and no one deserves to feel that way. In my own experience, it sucks the most when a higher up makes it seem that you aren’t meant for that specialty if you haven’t. I really needed this video.

    Anecdote: my first time as a med student in the OR was pretty meh tbh (my main goal is something in surgery). I was focused but felt have felt more focused doing other things. Afterwards when talking to my mentor, he told me how enamored he was when he first went into the OR, which made it especially difficult when I didn’t particularly have the same emotions. I digress.