I am 22 years old. I found out I had alopecia areata when I was 20. I had long hair, and when it started getting really bad I chopped my hair off, and just waited for it to get better and grow back. Shortly after my 21st birthday the alopecia seemed to stop acting up, and all the spots started to grow, and fill in. I am 22 now, and my hair is past my shoulders again, but in the last couple of months I started seeing new spots. It is frustrating, but I know the only thing I can do about it is deal with it. Its going to take its course, and probably get a lot worse before it gets better. I go to a dermatologist to get the injections about once a month. I just had my second round of shots.
Also I feel I have anxiety, and sometimes have panic attacks. And anyone who has alopecia knows that stress makes it worse. I stress a ton. I made an appointment to see a doctor and I was asked if I would like counseling, or go straight to meds. I didn't know which option to go for so I said that I guess I would like the meds. However I have been doing a lot of surfing on the web and found out that the meds don't cure anxiety and can be addictive and hard to come off of. I don't want that, at all. I want to cure my anxiety. I feel that this has anxiety has a huge impact on my alopecia. Also its getting much worse lately. I feel its effecting my everyday. The only place I feel safe and comfortable is at home with my boyfriend. I get really bad panic attacks at work, and feel like I get hot flashes and shortness in breath, and also feel like I have a lump in my throat. Its getting worse and worse and its to the point where I can't take it. I know its noticeable to other people, and its really effecting me. I can't seem to get a hold of it.
I don't have insurance and make minimum wage. Most of my income goes to bills, and living. So I don't really have the money to go to a counsler. I already shell out $100 a month on my injections, plus rogain.
I feel I need to overcome this anxiety because I stress soo much I know it effects my alopecia. So I have been doing a lot of reading and web surfing. So I am going to try and beat anxiety naturally. I have found a few vitamins, and supplements that I am going to try. I saw a few things about meditation, and yoga. Which I am going to try atleast once a week. I also am going to start excercising, and trying to eat healthier, cut down on sodas. I drink atleast a 2 liter a day. I know its bad, and I am going to try and cut down.
If you have any tips or advice feel free to comment me. Help is appreciated! : )