Hi Mr. Rassman! Many off us now that chronic stress is bad for the overall health, one of the potential effects of stressors is an increased hairloss, maybe not such a big problem if you dont have androgenetic alopecia but if you do this temporary increased hairloss can potentially do more damage to the already weakening follicles! So my questions is:
1. In the connection to stress what is exactly happening chemically in the hair follicles that is leading to increased hairloss/premature entering of the anagen follicles to telogen?
2. And finally, hairloss that is connected to severe stress follows a diffuse pattern or am i wrong?
I do not have the answer to your question. Extreme stress (both emotional or physical) can cause hair loss and for men with genetic hair loss, it will follow a pattern of loss (not become diffuse). In women, this is often not the case as they are more likely to develop a diffuse form of thinning (without a specific pattern). I do not know the exact biochemical science behind hair loss caused by stress. As it is often said, medicine is mostly a descriptive science. Many times, we don’t know exact mechanisms.