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hairlosscrpdSide effects from medications are inevitable, however, when you couple side effects with a hard time in life, things can go awry.

I lost my hair last year.  I can’t blame it all on the antidepressant I took to help curb depression, because I was going through a rough time in my personal life.  During this time, I wrote a lot of poetry as a coping mechanism.  Recently, I looked at some of my work and it made me thankful.  It made me proud that I took a tough time in my life, and was able to honestly express the feelings you endure when you experience bad side effects.

Here are some poems if you’ve ever lost your hair.

POEM: ZOLOFT

I think I am losing

My hair.

Is it a sign of

Depression?

Or

Of the anti-depressant

I’m ingesting?

Why is my hair

Thinned

To

Thinner

To

Thinned out. 

Catching glances of your balding head

When you blow dry your hair

You notice it.

So is it depression?

Or

The stress?

It’s both.

POEM: HAIRFULL

Back when I had hair

I had hair full

Confidence.

 

Back when I had you

I had hair full

Sex.

 

Back when I had a job

I had hair full

Days.

Now that I’m

Without

All 3

I have hair holding onto…

Something

I have to find

 

To keep it.

 

POEM: MY HAIR

I lost my hair

I lost my hair

I lost it

Somewhere

Between

La Parilla Restaurant

And Spring St.

I lost it

Somewhere

Around there.

 

A heart

Like open pores

In the skin

Of the fallen hair

 

Tells a story.

Hair loss photo available from Shutterstock

 







    Last reviewed: 10 May 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). Losing Your Hair: Anti-Depressants and Side Effects. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 16, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/05/09/losing-your-hair-anti-depressants-and-side-effects/

 

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