In Part 1 of our discussion, we started to talk about the difficulties encountered by recently-divorced people during the holiday season. The holidays are a busy time already, and adding the stress and emotion of divorce to that mix can make the season unbearable. That is why it is important to step back at holiday time and watch out for one's own emotional well-being. Sometimes it is fun and maybe even important in some ways to celebrate the holidays at full tilt. However, the first holiday season after a divorce may not be that time.
In many cases, a divorce is a stressful and traumatic time. Even in a "smooth" divorce, the experience of divorce is an emotional one. Throughout the legal process of a divorce, the divorcing spouses are often caught up in their disagreements, and have become focused on the next step in the legal process, and then the next one and the one after that. Before long, the attention that should have been paid to the individual's well-being has been taken up by the attention paid to the divorce process.
It seems supremely unfair that anyone who has gone through the trials of a divorce should also be at increased risk for hair loss, but that is exactly the conclusion that has been found by new research. Particularly for women, divorce was found to be one of the strongest predictors of midline (central) hair loss. What did the researchers believe was the reason for the connection? In a word: stress.