Журнал психологии и психотерапии

Журнал психологии и психотерапии
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A New Model for Understanding the Psychosomatic Phenomena in Hair Loss Patients

Ademir Carvalho Leite Jr

Certain types of alopecias appear to have psychoemotional stresses as triggers. Studies have shown that peptides and hormones formed as a result of psychoemotional stresses are capable of triggering a cascade of events that can lead to hair loss. This phenomenon, whose basis is psychosomatic, explains the intense relationship between emotions and feelings of lived experiences and the emergence of a clinical problem. On the other hand, it does not explain, for example, the reason why stressful events trigger manifestations in the integumentary tissue, especially in the hair follicles, causing alopecias. The analytical psychology of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung through the theory of complexes and of the amplified reading of symbols and archetypes can contribute to an understanding of the reasons why hair follicles are targeted by peptides and stress hormones. As well as, it can elucidate why the aggravation of certain hair loss happens due to specific stressful psychoemotional events. Through the interface between psychology, biology and medicine, a new model that explains the role of stressful psychoemotional events for the appearance or worsening of hair loss is suggested in this study, facilitating the understanding of psychosomatic phenomena in the formation of alopecias.