Discussion in 'Hair Loss Causes' started by lbjorn, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. lbjorn

    lbjorn New Member

    I've struggled with depression since I was in elementary school. My parents could really see it when I was in middle school and made me go to the doctor to get help. I began taking Zoloft. I took it for all four years of high school and then decided I wanted to go off it. It wasn't easy but I did it. Years later I still feel like I have control over my emotions and have successfully overcome the main struggle.

    Going back to when I was a kid...I was the one who people would comment about and say, "Wow, you have such thick hair"! And yes, I did. So thick that I would get comments all the time. I have three older sisters and one of them was the same way as me. Inherited from our Dad. I used to try everything I could to make my hair not look HUGE. Even when I straightened it poofed out because of the thickness.

    Less than I year after getting off Zoloft I lost at least 2/3 of my hair. Thank goodness I had so much before or I would be almost completely bald. Others see me now and think I have thin hair. I still am amazed that that even happened. I wonder how long it will take to stop seeing myself as "the girl with thick hair". My other sister’s hair is just as thick as ever.
    The only conclusion I can come up with is the it's because I took Zoloft.

    I was so excited to be pregnant and get tons of hair like everyone says. But, nothing changed. I never got any more hair than before. Seems so odd to me. I hate seeing my hair in the shower drain. I lose sooo much every time. It quickly clogs the drain and I have to keep pulling my hair out so the tub doesn't fill up with water. And then when I fix my hair the floor is covered with hair. It's disgusting.

    I wish I could sue Zoloft. A little more info before taking the medicine would have been nice.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011
  2. aaguilaro

    aaguilaro New Member

    I am 38, and this is the very first time I have actually registered in any web page dealing with hair loss. I don't have a diagnosis, but I am losing my hair, specially on top and sides.
    I never had tons of hair, but it was ok. I think I started losing hair when I was around 20, but still I had lots of small new hair growing, so I was never really concerned. When I got pregnant I also got beautiful hair, thicker, fuller and very shiny. Some 6 months after my daughter was born, 3 years ago, I started losing a lot of hair. At first, I thought I would only loose whatever extra hair I got with pregnancy, but soon I realised I was losing much more and no new hair was coming out.
    Since then, I have been on several antidepressants, some at very high doses, due to post-partum depression which got worse because of my father's unexpected death, loss of a second baby, and multiple medical problems of my daughter. It evolved into treatment ressistant depression.
    Next month it will be a year of accelerated and massive hair loss. My pshychiatrist says it will all come back when I eventually stop taking all my meds. I sincerely doubt it, today I can see a lot of clear spaces on top of my head, and my sides aren't any better. I can hold all my hair together with my 3 year old's bands.
    I'm on Effexor, lithium and Remeron (mirtazapine).
    Any similar experiences or input??
    Thank you so very much