Hi Everyone -- I've been a lurker for the past few months, and decided it was time to post. I've been to several doctors, and keep being told that my hair loss is TE due to 'stress'. I'm worried that something more is going on, as doctors seem to not take female hair loss seriously! Here's my timeline: May 2016: Lost my job in a rather stressful fashion at the end of May 2016. The hospital where I worked cut my position, and I went though a rather stressful few weeks where the physicians I worked with tried to appeal the decision to no avail. Was unemployed until early September 2016. August 2016: Started noticing some diffuse hair thinning... my ponytail felt thinner and smaller. I never really noticed massive shedding, but I've always shed a lot in the shower... my hair has always been thick. September 2016: Went to my derm, and she said it's likely TE due to stress of job loss. Ran TSH, Ferritin, Free T4 and CBC. Ferritin was 30 TSH 1.1 Free T4 0.9 CBC normal. I started taking Iron supplements. Went to my primary, and he ran Vitamin D, a Celiac test (my mom has it), ANA, B12 and TIBC. My vitamin D can back low at 24. Celiac was negative, but my ANA came back weak positive with a titer of 80. B12 was normal. He said the ANA means some inflammation/presence of an autoimmune disease. I start taking Vitamin D. Hair thinning/loss continues/ now I'm obsessively aware of the sheds and notice that I'm pretty constantly shedding hairs in the shower. I decide to get a second derm opinion, as I'm noticing a concentrated balding spot on the left side of my hairline. Late September 2016: I test positive for a "pull test" at the derm's office. She says TE, but says a job loss isn't enough of a trigger. She thinks it's Hashimoto's, especially due to the positive ANA. I get tested for TPO, Thyroglobulin antibodies, and Anti SSA/SSB (Sjorgen's Syndrome). She also tests T3. All come back normal. She says to wait it out and I see her again at the end of December. Hair loss continues. I am currently taking: Fish Oil Biotin B Complex Vit D Vit C L-Lysine Iron Holy Basil (adrenal support) I'm seeing a functional medicine doctor in a few days, but I'm concerned that I should push for a scalp biopsy. I've attached a photo from this morning that shows my worst spot. Could Androgenetic Alopecia or TE affect my hairline like this? My widow's peak has thinned out considerably, and that spot is just so bad. Thank you all SO much for any advice -- this board has been such a source of info for me! Hair loss is AWFUL and I'm so scared and stressed over it.