My general physician told me that it was telegum effluvium, and not to worry. But the shedding continued, and I noticed bald patches on my legs and arms, so I decided to go to the dermitologist. Good thing I did, right? I am a model. Or I was. That's the hardest part of all of this, for me. I don't know. I've been surfing these forums since two months ago, but now that I have been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, and this is going to be a more permanent thing, I figured I should register and be vocal and try to find support. My parents are on vacation in Mexico, and my mother was so scared that my hair loss was due to Alopecia Areata. She's going to freak out when she comes home and finds out. Plus, my hair has drastically shedded within the past three weeks, and now I have a huge ring of baldness all around my head (I only have hair on the crown of my head). I'm twenty by the way, and I live in a dormitory at my university. I feel like every day it's a god damn Pantene Pro-V commercial. I'm so jealous of all the girls around me with their gorgeous hair. EDIT: My avatar is a modeling photo from early November. Crazy to think how I had a full, healthy head of hair only three months ago!