Thought I'd update this after coming across it over 6 months later!
Well, I got very, very lucky... my thinning hair has been growing back! No tricks or hair loss techniques; its thicker than it was back then. I'm able to start growing it longer again without it looking whispy. It must really have been anxiety and stress... it seems a shed like a dog when stressed.
I'll admit that I'm so pleased to be knocking on the door of 30 with a full head of hair. It would upset me if I were going noticeably bald. One day I accept its something I'm probably going to have to accept - but for now i'll cross that bridge when it comes.
I really would reassure the occasional young man who comes here fretting about hair loss... it can sometimes really be due to stress and anxiety.
I have to credit my girlfriend with a lot of the turnaround in my stress levels... she's really lovely, patient, considerate. I love spending time with her every day. Recently we just went for it and I actually moved in with her for a month, the first time I've ever lived away from home with a girlfriend. It was wonderful.
Despite being together on a daily basis for a month there was no stress, no getting in each other's way. I had a fantastic time, despite what many outsiders would consider 'boring' daily events. Some days the snowstorms were so bad that all we could do for days on end at a time were play board games and cards late into the night yet those nights were so emotionally rewarding too, as well as incredibly amusing when we both got going: I realise a lot of a relationship depends on WHO you're with, not WHAT you're doing together.
Before she made me see that I used to think it was all about planning exciting things together to prevent boredom or tension. After my first relationship went so badly (we were not matched at all) this one has given me my confidence back. She's given me so much back and much of the time we spent together, nearly every day I felt underserving of her. We're about to try being together again, for another month. We're taking things slowly and cautiously.
Even if we don't go out much except on daily humdrum business i'll be over the moon. Despite not living together most of the time we make sure to talk every day. There's never been a day where we haven't spoken. I have no fears about her loyalty when we're apart; I trust her 110%. And its very rare to ever earn my trust. My last one never did. I've made the acquaintance of many ladies over the years but I can say without exaggeration I've never met anyone like my girlfriend. She's the only woman I've ever known (despite my mother, heh!) who I can really just relax and be myself around. I don't have to pretend to be something or someone I'm not.
As for my diet; I lost too much weight!
My skin began to get loose and saggy in places and I hated being too thin just as much as being too fat. So... I deliberately began putting on weight again.
Now I'm at a happy medium. Despite that I'm still belt notches away, as well as shirt and trouser sizes reduced, from where I once was. Its made me so happy. I hated being fat. It sapped at my confidence. Don't get me wrong, I am usually hungry throughout the day; I WANT to eat as much food as I used to pack away. But I like where I've come too much to go back. Plus, my girlfriend deserves better than for me to get selfish that way. She would still want me if I were overweight, that I am absolutely certain of... but, I know she prefers me healthy. She deserves a healthy guy.
The fatty food cravings never quite quit though, sigh!