Recently, there has been an alarming number of posters who have insinuated in no uncertain terms that they have become suicidal. To those posters, I say this: your reaction is not normal and you must seek immediate psychiatric attention. It is normal to be melancholy about your hairloss, and its certainly not unheard of to be a bit depressed about it. But it is far from normal to have suicidal thoughts because you’re losing your hair. 50% of men are losing their hair, and most do not suffer from suicidal thoughts because of it. In fact, the vast, vast majority of them lead normal, healthy lives, complete with careers and meaningful relationships. If you are feeling that hairloss is keeping you from experiencing life and that death is an answer to your pain, its an indication that you are suffering from a serious psychiatric condition that requires the attention of a trained psychiatrist. If you don’t know who to contact, you can start by calling the national suicide hotline at: 1-800-784-2433. This is a US number; nearly every nation has them, and they can be found easily by googling. They will be able to direct you to someone who can help you.
Losing your hair can be tough, but no one should kill themselves because of it. If you think its a reason to, then you have already stepped over the line of what is normal behavior. Stop asking for the advice of complete and unqualified strangers and start speaking to a professional.
For the rest of you, keep these recent events in mind every time you post something like, “(insert random research) is going to cure us in a year!” Your unmitigated optimism is reckless, as it leads less balanced people to place an undue amount of hope in what usually turns out to be nothing. When this happens, those who are suffering from mental illness can become quite depressed, as has been evident in the last few months.