Hi, everyone. It was just about a month ago that I started to think, "my ponytail feels smaller." This was also while I was trying to grow my bangs out so my part was becoming more apparent to me. Since then I've become completely obsessed with my hair, which I'm sure you all understand. I have no idea what is going on. My mom has some thinning hair but mine looks worse than hers, 30 years earlier. I've gotten so frustrated reading the same articles over and over again and getting nowhere with doctors. I was hoping you all might be able to weigh in and/or recommend some test I should do. 1. I'm 29 years old, normal periods, but heavy bleeding because of my copper IUD. Haven't been on hormonal birth control since 2010. Not a lot of acne either after doing Accutane 3 years ago. 2. Blood work reports no thyroid issues, no iron deficiency, but I have been vitamin d deficient for at least a year (got blood work last fall and then stopped taking the supplements, new blood work reveals still deficient). 3. Mostly vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free diet which is newer for me so I haven't ruled that out as a factor, but this is the healthiest I've been eating in years truthfully. Still lots of sugar though. And cigarettes. 4. Over the summer I noticed my hair seemed dry and brittle, so I made extra effort to use conditioner. Then I forgot about it. Also over the summer I noticed what felt like more hair than usual coming out in the shower, but sill within the normal range of 100 hairs per day. Definitely coming out three or four strands at a time rather than the usual six or seven strands total. Overall, though, the increase in shedding has not been marked. 5. Once I realized what was going on I went back and looked at pictures from the past year. There was definitely a "hole" on the top of my head and on the left temple last fall, however, this new change where I can see my scalp when I pull my hair back is totally new. I think it's been gradual, for sure, but it also seems sudden? 4. It's been a very stressful year (two years for that matter) I left a job and partner I didn't love anymore (after eight years) last fall and moved to a new state to start graduate school. I got into a new relationship with a person who is in recovery and basically received PTSD (just self diagnosing here) from dealing with his relapses. Also, last fall I was very sick from all the stress: panic attacks, anxiety off the charts, problems with my gut, completely consumed with worry and not eating to the point where my pants didn't fit anymore. I gained the weight back and got my anxiety under control, or so I thought, and then I noticed my hair. Thank you all so much for reading all of that. I know it was a lot! I appreciate any and all advice. I'd like to upload some pictures but can't figure out how and I'm on my phone. Thank you again!