Mental health & Alopecia

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Mental health & Alopecia

Hi all,

This group is for anybody who has or thinks they have developed mental health issues due to thier alopecia or not. And even if you know somebody with MHI.

Over the next weeks i will be posting information.

Website: http://www.mind.org.uk/
Location: In your head
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Apr 26

Uplifting advert :S

Put on a happy face from Mind Charity on Vimeo.

Anybody relate to this video?

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I'm not ashamed, Neva should you - We all need help sometimes

Started by tommy. Last reply by mabaker Jul 29, 2012. 8 Replies

Hi I'm Tommy and i suffer from mental health issues due to my alopecia. Its taken me 2-3 years to work out how it happened partly because i forced myself to study for a youth and community…Continue

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Comment by Lyndsey Pitchford on June 20, 2013 at 4:46pm

Hi all,
My mental health isn't really related to my alopecia, though the extra stress doesn't help my hair loss. I have psychotic bi-polar and spent most of 2011 and 2012 in psychiatric facilities but I am so lucky that I eventually got the right support and medication it seems as I am doing so much better and haven't been in hospital since October last year. During that time also suffered with self-harm and an eating disorder as coping mechanisms. I guess I'm here just to show things can get better with mental health and also to talk to and support anyone who wants to.
As for my alopecia, I have AA and am currently going through my 3rd episode of drastic hair loss. I am very lucky to have a supportive fiancée and family though which has helped me let this bout of alopecia not cause a relapse in my mental health.
Anyway hi to everyone and keep your heads up, you are all beautiful!

Comment by jayme sue on March 9, 2013 at 12:31pm
Hi all.
im currently taking citalapram my.hair is white fuzzy with a few dark patches idk. I haven't seen very many new regrowth spots. but i do feel less depressed. my kindle just broke or i would b object hear so much more. its amazing how similar alt of r stories r. hope everyone has a wonderful weekend <3
Comment by Struth on March 9, 2013 at 4:44am

Hi there! Hope you're all doing ok.

Since I admitted to my own MHI last year, I started on a course of Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil).

At the same time, I confronted a personal issue that had been eating at me (as a stay-at-home mum, my politics are now fought in the playground, and, jeez people, it's a warzone!).

As AU, it was awesome to start getting hair back. Then a bit of my eyebrow. Then I had to decide whether I should wax or shave my legs again!!!! Woohoo!! My immune system had clearly kicked back in ...

I ran out of my Citalopram tablets last week. My mood/depression hasn't changed but I'm noticing hair on my pillow and thinning on my head! My regrowth is clearly down to the tablets!

So my question, have any of you been on Citalopram? If so, did you see any regrowth?? If there's an active ingredient in it that has stimulated hair growth, I'd love to discover what it is! :)

Go well.

Ruth

Comment by Bald and Fabulous AKA Terri on April 19, 2012 at 9:44am

welcome Struth.
i totally understand your "chance of showers" feeling. Like the "other shoe is about to drop" LOL.
feel free to share you thoughts and stories. and have a pleasant day

Comment by Struth on April 19, 2012 at 6:43am

Hi there! Can I please join your band of baldy nutties?! :)

I think I've just realised I'm suffering from mild depression ... I can't confirm it's solely down to my AU but, despite trying to feel very 'sunshine' about it, things feel somewhat 'chance of a shower'. Do I count?

Comment by Bald and Fabulous AKA Terri on December 18, 2011 at 1:01pm

Im on facebook on a regular basis and yes there is alot of seemingly happy people that post on my feeds but there is a lot that dont. I guess it matters on who you "friend" on facebook as to what will show up on the feeds. There is alot of times for me, since I have close friends (nearby and those from here) that I ask questions to and vent about my day. Facebook can be therapeutic, it just depends how you use facebook. If you wish you can check out my group aswell as my page that i have there, just search Bald and Fabulous. You will find there is a community page aswell as a closed group by that name. All of which i run.

Comment by Julie Koch on December 18, 2011 at 12:08pm

I understand how your son feels, Connie. I use FB to interact with my hundreds of friends because I don't want to be seen right now. It's a way to keep in touch but I am also realizing that most people post what's great in their life and not their daily struggles as well. Sometimes it's easy to think that everyone else has their "perfect" little lives and that I (and others) are the only ones who are dealing with traumatic events. It all depends on how strong you are on the inside and if you can realize that life probably isn't all roses for them either. I'm glad that he has found online activities as a way to help him cope. I sometimes enjoy FB and talking with friends but I have to be careful not to go to that "woe is me" area of my thinking. It's also hard because the pictures that I have posted are of me with my long, thick, natural hair. Guys are constantly contacting me asking me out and saying how beautiful I am. How do you tell them that I don't look like that and that if that is what they are expecting to see, then they will be disappointed. It's a tough one, this Facebook... Hugs to you and Chris!

Comment by Connie - Chris' Mom on December 18, 2011 at 11:58am

I agree that FB is full of people trying to pretend everything is perfect. I watch and laugh most of the time. My son recently gave me a glimpse into how he had been dealing with things. He wrote a self-reflective essay for his English class and I learned that he found his escape online. He spent hour after hour playing online games and I now know it was because he could be who he wanted to be. He could pretend everything was the way he wanted it to be. He had "friends" from all over the world that would never see what he really looked like or know what he was going through. I don't know if this escaping reality is good from a mental health perspective, but it is how he found to cope.

Comment by Julie Koch on December 18, 2011 at 12:04am

Thank you for the advice LilyBell! That's actually the reason I stopped going on FB for several months. I looked at myself in the mirror tonight before showering and told myself, "they have problems too, maybe bigger than mine". And maybe they do but I agree that it is depressing when you are trying to cope. I have only been on it 1 week and already am overwhelmed and crying... Thank you for reminding me.

Comment by LilyBell*Murphy'sLawLuvsMe on December 17, 2011 at 11:45pm

Julie I got off of FB - because I found it depressing. Everyone in their perfect little world - all unicorns and rainbows. It really is not like that. That is their 'internet' life. If you have a few close friends, then just email them or limit your friends to just those few.

 

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