I have joined to share my experiences, get support and give support. I have just found out I have Alopecia for the second time after all my last patches had regrown and my hair was just getting back to a length where I could style it. I was soo shocked and upset when i noticed it was back! :sobbing: My first bald patch was in December 2008 and when i saw an area of baldness I did not even know that alopecia existed. I just thought I was told by my doctor that I had alopecia, it was due to the fact I was depressed and try not to worry about things...I was fobbed off. I looked up details of causes to try and find a different explanation...I was not satisfied. I had lost a lot of weight and reported this at the time I first went. Reading that one cause could be thyroid gland issues I went back to the doctors and said that thyroid issues ran in my family and considering the information given initially why was this not looked into. I was sent for a blood test just for this. Thankfully it came back clear. I still did not have an explanation but I was relieved this was not a cause. I gave up witht he doctor and just learnt to live with it for the next year. I developed patches all over my head and was unable to cover all of them. Some days I felt fine and other days I would feel so down. :thumbsdown: Most of the patches started to grow back in 6 months of appearing and it helped to know they were not there to stay...that eventually hopefully it would all clear up. I hadn't had a new patch appear for roughly a month when in the space of a week 4 new patches appeared!!! I was devastated as I thought that was it....my hair has stopped falling out! I returned to the doctors and saw a different GP. I had a load of blood tests and still did not get any kind of diagnosis. Again I just got on with things and hoped it would eventually sort itself out. After a year and a half the alopecia cleared up of it's own accord and I have had the last year and a half patch free! Now :lost: and just don't know what to do! I could accept last time that maybe I was depressed and stressed as it was a very difficult time of my life! I had a lot happen in the 6 months leading to the alopecia starting. This time I am happier than ever in my personal life and happy in my work...so where does that leave me? Do I go back to the doctors? If so what are they likely to be able to do?! I am trying to just get on with life and not let things get me down. I know from the first time that it can be a struggle but I try and take a different perspective on things. I am incredibly lucky to have the life I have, with or without hair, and there are soo many people living with life threatening diseases and just getting on with it! This gives me the ability to stand tall and say when people stare or have the audacity to make a sarcastic comment.