I hope someone can help me with my confusion on rogaine and what type of hair loss it is helpful for. I started having sudden hair loss (coming out in huge numbers) 3 months after losing 25 pounds in a month and a half and three days after having an allergic reaction to a med for anxiety. Prior to this I had no thinning or shedding (abnormal shedding) There have been two times in the past year and a half that I thought it was slowing down and was going to stop. I started out with a lot of hair and the shedding was so bad it could never catch up but I did use to have at least some regrowth. My hair appeared normal (not to me beause I knew how thick it was) I have a severe anxiety disorder and am extremely underweight. I can't eat and my anxiety is out of control due to the hair loss. I was at the doctor today and she told me my hair won't grow back if I can't get my eating under control and anxiety. I take meds but don't want to increase them because I fear everything and anything that can cause shedding will. I have had increased shedding during med changes and when my mom had a stroke, aslo after being hospitalized and always when I am really anxious the shedding increases a month or so later. I haven't been back to the derm but the family doctor said to start rogaine, eat properly, try to lesson anxiety and supplement iron, vitamin d and some other things I am low in. I can see my scalp now and my loss is all over. She said she doesn't believe this is female pattern as she sees no pattern. I am confused though as my part is wider and I have loss in the top and front as well as all over? I see no regrowth anywhere on my head. My shedding is so bad (I stopped counting) but a shower would consist of 700 hairs. I am really scared and not sure what to do. This has been chronic heavy shedding that once in awhile seemed to be slowing down each month and then I got anxious again stopped eating and it is in full swing again very high. I don't have the hair I had to lose this much now. This happened really fast in a year and a half I have lost over 60% of my hair. My questions are is all loss in the top and front fp hair loss? Will rogaine help stop the shedding and regrow at least the top and front or since I am shedding so much will it make it worse. I am going back to the derm to see if I can get steroid shots or something for the rest of my hair. It is diffuse all over. I am terrified to try rogaine but want this to stop. I am working on eating and the anxiety but I am not doing to well with it. If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it. I am thinking about getting a wig because I can't stand the shedding anymore. I am terrified I will wake up with no hair in the next few weeks. She said no one would notice my hair loss but I wear it up every day, and it IS noticeable now. A few months ago it wasn't so noticeable and I didn;'t have the loss the way I do at the front and the top. The loss is all over and I had more hair on one side of my head then I have all over my head now. I don't know whether to start rogaine or not. The last time I was at the derm she didn't think a biopsy was necessary. It is way worse now, she said she saw some vellus hairs near my ears and temple but no where else again this was in October though. I have no idea whether to start the rogaine while I am shedding this much all over. I want to do what will make it better not worse. My derm is big on rogaine for all types of hair loss so I know that is what she will say too. thanks for reading.