Hey everyone! i've been looking on here for many years but never felt brave enough to post. My hair loss started when i was 22 and i'm 26 now. Long story a switch in birth control triggered very high levels of shedding hair, decreased growth, receding hair all over the edges including my neck and general thinning i am still experiencing now. I was quite upset for a long time going to doctors, hiding out from friends and trying every product out there. At some point i realized hair loss was consuming me, and i was really missing out. Even though i was very depressed at the time and rarely left the house, i forced myself to make plans and always be around people and at some point faking happy turned in to genuine happiness. I even met my long term boyfriend AFTER the hair loss started and made amazing friendships with people who i knew would never care about it. The repetitive cycle of hope when going to the doctors, getting tests, or trying things like rogaine, vitamins and Spironolactone only to not see any results started to effect me more than the hair loss itself. I've let go of finding a solution and am focusing on living my life and finding support more in dealing with it then fixing it. I'm lucky because the loss is moving slowly so i have time to mentally prepare and plan for steps like wigs, toppers ect down the line. I've attached a picture of my hair now. It is hard to tell how its thinned out elsewhere, but my temples use to be mostly covered and the sides show the general thinning happening all over. The little hairs you see that look like regrowth progressively fall out and the hairline keeps receding. It isn't terrible yet and i'm ok with any loss to come, but i would love to hear from others experiencing similar loss, or just anyone who needs a bit of support themselves. I really feel as much as this has sucked i also gained so much going through this all. Sorry for the long ramble this post was many years in the making!!