Hi. I am a 36 year old female. About 9-12 months ago, I noticed that I seemed to be losing more hair then usual. It seemed to come on suddenly, but it wasn't as dramatic as 300 hairs a day or anything. Anyway, I tried counting, and didn't feel like I was losing a lot more then 100 a day, so I kind of ignored it. Then I noticed that I could no longer pull my hair back because so much was missing around the the temples (only really notice it by the temples). Prior to the hair loss, I also was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder....(which had been building several years) not anxiety that kept me from functioning, just being on edge (racing pulse, etc.) far too often. I started therapy about 18 months ago or so. Then about 6 weeks ago, I noticed that my eyebrows and eyelashes were falling out rapidly. I panicked. I saw my GP and we decided that it was time I start Celexa (first 5, now 10mg), she also checked my thyroid (normal) iron (normal) and testostorone (still waiting). My GP didn't feel that any other medical conditions could be contributing.. no other needed tests. I also saw a dermatologist. She said she did not feel that it was the alopecia where the hair falls out in patches. She did a biopsy(one small one on temple) and came back with androgenic alopeica.(she was not sure about the eyebrow and eyelash loss) She reccommended that I start with rogaine and if I wanted spironolactone (which I declined to start with.. sounds like a lot of side effects). But I am planning on starting the rogaine. Anyway.. I was surprized by the diagnosis, I felt that it would only be the stess... there is no family history of female androgenic alopeica. I am wondering how positive biopsy results are, and if you have any other comments, recommendations... the eyebrow and eyelash is also very concerning, as they are now quite patchy (especially my eyebrows).. and neither my GP nor my dermologist have many ideas on that.
Other information: My youngest child is four, so not childbirth related, I also take Yasmin (oral contraceptive), have for a while, multi-vit, b-6, and calcuim.. and now the celexa. I eat a well balanced diet. I do not pull at my eyelashes or eyebrows or use an eyelash curler. I did have my hair highlighted several times, but had to stop due to the damage... it made it so hard to comb through. (The area where the hair loss is is also where the hair was the most damaged and so hard to comb, but the dermotolgist didnt' think that could be related. I was not so sure.. but). Finally, right before I noticed the eyelash, eyebrow loss, I had had red, itchy bumps under my eyes for about four months.. finally went away (probably dermatitis.. I have very sensitive skin). Anyway, I am looking for anymore information or suggestions.. This is very upsetting for me.. I didn't think I would have to deal with this until after menapause. Any advice/comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.