I do not know if this is truly a success story or not, but for the first time in 3.5 years, my shedding from chronic telogen effluvium has drastically stopped! I’m talking less than 20 hairs per day now (that I count.) I do not have any REGROWTH to speak of, though. I am still happy because less shedding means less panic attacks for me! Less scalp pain! In my 3.5 year journey I’ve had 6 triggers. Pretty much anything and everything that can induce telogen effluvium WILL for me. (birth control, starting antidepressant, stopping antidepressant, a high fever during a stomach flu, a medical procedure requiring anesthesia) You name it! These triggers have largely been unavoidable, as I have endometriosis which requires trial and error with different medications. My temples got hit the worst, then nape of neck, then side burn area, and pretty much the entire sides of my head. I’ve also had ONE major growth spurt, spring of 2017! That hair was the first to go, though, with a trigger that followed. About me: I’m 26. Shedding started at 23, due to a combination of being on lo lo estrin and then taking propanol for anxiety. Other than endometriosis, anxiety, and insomnia, I live a healthy life full of yoga, a good diet, etc. Some depression and isolation, though, due to the hair loss. Shedding was perpetuated by stress, anxiety, and different birth controls and antidepressants needed to treat my endometriosis. The aftermath: I have about 25% of my regular hair left. That’s right- 25%. For my TE, I didn’t hang on to ANY regrowth during the 3.5 year period. Don’t be alarmed, though. This isn’t usually the case, and usually with CTE you still continuously grow new hair. I just grew it and lost it every time I had a new trigger. So yeah, what I am left with is 25%. It looks kind of like cotton candy and doesn’t “hang” any particular way. Just kinda floats there like a spider web.. (What is left of it, on the top of my head.) Things I’ve learned: 1. Vitamins make my shedding worse. YEP! Especially anything with B vitamins, in particular. They make my scalp itch, burn, and turn red. That increases my anxiety and the shedding kicks up. I truly don’t believe in high doses of the B vitamins. Most of us aren’t deficient. 2. The only deficiencies I have that could be preventing regrowth are low zinc and ferritin of 50. I NEED to correct those, but every time I supplement the shedding gets worse. I’m trying to titrate upwards- small doses increased over time- so my body can get used to it. I’d like to enjoy my low shed and low anxiety for some time before this. 3. Antidepressants mess with your hormones in some way. I have regular periods but when I started, stopped, or changed dose of Lexapro, it threw my entire cycle off drastically. I had other hormonal side effects like bloating, etc. The BIGGEST and most dramatic shed I had was coming OFF of Lexapro Jan 2018. I’m talking ALL of my regrowth from Spring 2017- GONE- in less than a month. 4. Just because you are eating protein doesn't mean you are absorbing it. I have low stomach acid and have been supplementing with Beatine HCL with pepcin. My shedding slowed shortly after starting this! Hmmm. J It helps you absorb proteins from your food. Don’t try this without doing your homework, though! 5. TE WEAKENS YOUR HAIR. After one TE I think your hair is just weaker and more prone to TE again. It is very, very important to avoid triggers if possible, I believe for your whole next hair cycle. Hair cycle varies from person to person but can be 4-8 years. 6. BE KIND TO YOURSELF! In the first 2.5 years, my hair loss really wasn’t noticeable to anyone but me. I wish I had been kinder to myself and not tortured myself over it. I had stopped seeing friends and isolated myself over it from ages 23-25 which I regret. Now it IS noticeable at age 26, but I handle it a bit better, but I feel I’ve missed out on my early twenties, which is my biggest regret. I’ve given up on the hair ever truly going back to normal, as I have endometriosis which is a life-long disease and requires surgeries and such. I use a ton of hair fillers now. 7. My regrowth probably isn’t going to come until I reduce stress. I have chronic insomnia and anxiety which I can’t fix. (thousands spent on therapy, drugs, home remedies, light boxes, sleep studies, etc etc etc.) I just try to cope with life the best I can. The plan ahead: For now the shedding has stopped, so maybe this will set me on the right path! Less shedding= less anxiety attacks! I'm continuing on with my bone broth, beatine hcl with pepcin, micro supplementation of zinc, and high fat/protein low sugar diet. Anytime in the past that my shed has slowed down, I’ve gotten super impatient about my regrowth and started a new vitamin or diet regime and would kick off more anxiety or shedding. This time I am hanging tight and not doing anything drastic. Truly I’ve found the best remedies are: stress reduction, a healthy diet full of protein, fats, and enough carbs, and time. With TE I truly believe LESS IS MORE. Best of luck to everyone <3 Feel free to ask questions. I'm going to be on here til I see regrowth for a couple years.