Hi all. I'm really glad to find this forum. I've been reading posts here for a few days and it seems like a really supportive and knowledgeable community. I'm hoping that some ladies here who are going through similar can shed some light on what's happening to me. I've uploaded a few photos of my hair loss and would really appreciate it if you could give your judgement. I'm not sure whether this is telogen effluvium or whether this is Androgenetic Alopecia or female pattern baldness. I'm 20 years old. In August my hair was normal, then in September it started falling out in an extreme way. Since then, I've been shedding huge amounts of hair all the time - shower, comb, throughout the day without touching it - big handfuls. The hairs are generally long with small white bits at the root, though I have shed some short hairs too (though they may only be short because of dye-breakage). I am losing hair all over my head, but my temples are almost bare now and it's most obvious around my crown and parting. The difference in my hair is very noticeable, and it's only been two months. 27 August, my normal hair before any of this started (I only took this photo to show a friend my uneven dye job): 04 October, back of my head when tied up: This looks like a bald patch, but it isn't a patch, it's a parting. This is how wide the gaps between the "lines" of hairs are. It's very thin all over. 24 October, top of my head when wet: (fringe hides my front hairline, sorry) 24 October, top of my head when dry: I have been to a doctor. They tested my iron (17% transferrin saturation, ferritin is 32) and thyroid (healthy), but said "it's stress, use minoxidil" and had no diagnosis or advice. I haven't had my hormones tested at all. Stress makes sense: I lost an immediate family member very suddenly in June and had a minor surgery under general anaesthetic in July. The suddenness suggests TE to me, but I'm worried it might be patterned hairloss because of what the top of my head looks like. When I look at the way my parting has got so wide in the middle and towards the crown, it makes me worry it's Androgenetic Alopecia/FPB. My parting is wider in the center than if I part it at the side. My mother has thinning hair in the female pattern, but she is 60 years old and it didn't hit til after menopause. Also, it seems relevant that my scalp hurts. It's very sore and aching, especially in the center part/crown area. I'm taking iron supplements, but should I use minoxidil as my doctor recommended? I can feel tiny little bristles of new hair in many parts of my head, so it seems like my scalp is still "alive" (touch wood, fingers crossed they'll grow). I am scared minoxidil might do more harm than help, but at the same time, I worry that my hair loss won't recover if I don't treat it soon. Does this look like the hormonal pattern to you, or does it look diffuse? I would be so grateful for any opinions or advice.