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    Has anyone experienced significant hair loss due to stress or diet?
    Over the past 6 to 8 months I have experienced off and on stressful events. I would categorize the stress level as significant. During these stressful months, my diet has been poor, and my exercise routine stopped.
    In the last 2 - 3 months, I have experienced significant hair thinning and shedding.
    Does anyone have any comments or experience with this?

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    I saw a derm about this. Basically she said 9/10 men that go to her beacuase of hair loss will be experiencing mpb. But if you have had significant stress and poor nutrition then hair that should have been shed to allow thicker newer hair through may just stay there thus leaving limp thinning hair. Now this is just the very basics I can remember her telling me, I could be wrong - I am not a professional.

    Like I said, not going to pretend I know the whole process because I don't. I think much of it comes under 'seborrhoeic dermatitis'. But it would be all over your hair, not just the front and back mpb prone areas.

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    The loss is only in the MPB area as far as I can tell. I visited two dermatologist who specialize in hair/hair transplants and my primary care physician. Both of the dermatologist told me that the source of the hair loss cannot be determined by the area of hair loss or from the hairs that are shedding. One dermatologist told me that the hair in the MPB area are just more prone to the stress and that's why there is significant shedding there. I already suffer from MPB, and I had been on propecia/generic finasteride for about 4 years. In the last 18 month, I had switched from name brand propecia to generic finasteride. My hair loss had seemed to be under control until these past 2-3 months. I am unclear weather the stress or generic drug is to blame.
    I am optimistic that all of the thinning I have experienced will regrow. I'm still experiencing significant shedding, so I wont know how much hair I will regrow for a few months. This added stress of significant hair loss is not helping the matter.
    Once I recognized my hair had severely thinned, I switched back to name brand propecia. Its been about 40 days since the switch. I'm seeing far less hair loss, but I cant determine weather its the propecia or if I have just lost all the hair that's going to fall out.

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    I highly doubt stress and diet is the problem. Not saying it isn't possible, but most likely it is your MPB that is the issue. I would think that your diet would have to be really bad in order for it to effect your hair. Like you would literally have to be eating garbage.

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    How many bald US Presidents have there been lately? Obama has a nearly perfect hairline. Hairloss due to stress is extremely uncommon... and it really depends on the type of stress. Physical stress such as severe trauma or burns are more commonly the trigger. Stress can in theory exacerbate losses from MPB possibly due to increased Cortical Androgens, but these are pretty negligible compared to that of the testes. Severe undernourishment can lead to hair loss, but if you're that malnourished, your hair is probably the least of your worries. Hyperthyroidism can lead to hairloss, but probably more diffusely and not in the MPB areas. So basically, if hair is being lost in MPB areas, it's most likely MPB. I was in denial about this for a long time. It cost me a lot of ground on my hair. I tried to attribute it to every little thing in my life. Keep seeing your dermatologist and follow their recommendations and let us know how it turns out.

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    Thanks Notcoolanymore.
    Do you have any experience or comments on generic propecia? As I mentioned, about 18 months ago I switched to generic propecia (sun pharma 1mg finasteride) which was prescribed by my doctor and obtained from my local US pharmacy. If not stress (which I had been attributing minor hair loss to), then it would have to be the generic drug causing my hair loss. Sun pharma is an FDA approved manufacturer of generic propcia, so I'm completely lost as to the cause.
    Today I'm going back to my primary care physician to get some blood work done. I'm not sure what the test will tell me.

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    It really depends on the situation and the amount of physiological stress it places on the body. For example, physical factors can definitely cause hair loss. A few months after pregnancy many experience rapid hair loss. I had knee surgery, and 4 months after, I was losing 300-400 hairs a day. It's called telogen effluvium. Essentially, your body is like, "We have a major injury to the body hair, why are we focusing our nutrients on damn hair follicles, we need to fix this sh*t!!"... Through signaling, your body sends a much larger amount of hair follicles into the telogen (resting) phase to divert the essential blood and nutrients elsewhere. I know these are physical, but I believe it absolutely can be applied to severe stress or depression... these are psychological factors, but they can take an immense physical toll on your body and your body might respond accordingly... IT IS A NIGHTMARE!! I've had telogen effluvium a few times and IT SUCKS!! Your derm can either do a scalp biopsy for conclusive results... but, if the majority of the hair you are losing has a white, keratinized bulb on the end, that's pretty much your answer. IF YOU HAVE MPB - Some of the hair lost will regrow, however, you can expect minimally regrowth in the areas that are generally effected my MPB. Those with MPB, like myself, have an expiration date on their follicles. They only have so many growth cycles before they are eternally destroyed by DHT.

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    If your hair loss follows a typical AGA pattern, then I doubt your diet or your stress is what is causing it. I actually think for many of us, AGA is one the primary causes of our stress, which in turn causes us to over or undereat or just make poor dietary choices.

    I remember watching a documentary on concentration camp survivors. All of them had been through hell and many of them had been starved to the point where they looked like flesh-covered skeletons by the time they were rescued. Strangely, many of them still had thick heads of hair. Go figure.

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    Thank you all for the replies.
    Significant stressful events started in July of 2014 and have continued through January 2015. In August of 2014 I have photos of my hair which show no signs of thinning. It wasn't until late December 2014 - early January 2015 that I noticed I had significant shedding and extreme hair thinning. The shedding continues until today March 12 2015.
    I will keep everyone updated. I didn't really have my stress and anxiety under control until the last 30 days. I've submitted to the fact that I wont know how my hair will respond for several months.
    Every doctor I have talked to tells me stress is absolutely to blame. In my mind, I believe my switch to generic propecia in July of 2013 is to blame. I switched back to name brand propecia in February of 2015. I fear that the source of the hair loss will never be fully understood. There are just to many variables to take into account.

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    I lost 30-35 lbs in 50 days...I was on crash diet...2 months after started I had massive shedding....some recovery is expected for 6 months. It is called telogen effluvium. Never had hair issue, and I am 39... I didnt know that hair falls....Thinning all over....but mostly on top.....lost 50-60% of hairs.. no shedding more..

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