Hi - I am new to this board. I am a middle aged woman, married .
I am a Bipolar 1, meaning that Mania is the worst of the two for me. I have been through a ton of meds since I was first diagnosed about 8 years ago. I have been through weight gain, headaches, and other side effects. My first Psychiatrist thought that every time I complained about rapid cycling, etc. he would add another med to my cocktail. I was pretty out of it for years, not knowing (and trusting Doc) that I was on way too many meds. I am now pretty well controlled on 400 mgs of Seroquel and 6 mgs of Clonazepam.
Right now, I am about 3 years post-menopausal as well. I have lost my hair (about 1/4 of it) approx. 3 times so far. I think some was due to a med, and this time, due to the change in hormone level due to getting older. My hair is fine to begin with. The hair loss is most noticeable at my temples. I was VERY upset the first time it happened, because I was fat as well. I didn't even want to leave the house. But, eventually the hair started to grow back. My hair is not as thick as my original head of hair, but I do notice now that is growing back again. My husband showed me the vacuum cleaner container a couple of days ago, and it was full of my hair.
I really don't think there is really anything to be done about it. I did try Rogaine on the sides of my head, and it seemed to work a little bit.
I try to look my best every day, making up, doing my hair and nails, etc. If you really to try to make yourself believe that you look good, after a while it starts to work.