Hi, I just posted an introduction to myself in the thread titled 'my story' or something like that, but I wanted to introduce myself to the Alopecia Areata community as well. I have stress induced Alopecia Areata. I was diagnosed about six years ago. I took a year to get it under control and have been symptom free since, until I woke up this morning and found a decent-sized patch of hair missing by my hairline behind my ear. I'm here because last time I went through this, I did it alone. Even my dermatologist seemed to downplay the disorder saying it wasn't serious. And I get it, in the large scheme of things, a couple patches of missing hair isn't a big deal, but it was the overall implications made it a terrible ordeal for me 1) I felt like I was a weak, failure of a person for allowing stress to get me to the point that my hair began falling out 2) in a culture when so much of beauty is attached to hair, it is embarrassing to be a woman who loses hers. Anyway, I need the support of people who have been through this process and understand the emotional side of it.