Women’s Health 4 Comments Cecelia December 3, 2014 | Reply Dear Catholic Mom, I’m a 27 year old woman who is engaged to be married. I’m attending RCIA classes, and my fiancé is a convert to Catholicism. Over the last two years, I have started to lose my hair. Though my condition may have originated due to stress, reports from my dermatologist suggest that the hairloss is permanent and progressive unless I resort to topical or ingestible treatments that would need to be taken for the rest of my life. All such treatments have been declared unsafe for use by pregnant or nursing mothers. My fiancé and I both want children, and we believe in the openness to life that is part of the Church’s teaching about marriage. However, I am seriously struggling with the loss of my hair. My crown is already exposed and I feel increasingly selfconscious and unfeminine. I don’t feel like a bride to be. My soul is not benefitting from this insecurity and I feel ashamed of how my anxiety is affecting my behavior and relationships. I am uncertain of how to proceed. Can you suggest a way for me to interpret my position from a Catholic perspective? Is there anything I can do to better understand what feminist truly is? Cecelia December 3, 2014 | Reply (Please read “femininity” instead of “feminist”!) janell January 4, 2015 | Reply Can you recommend any Catholic literature for anxiety and depression? Monica January 10, 2015 | Reply Dear Janell, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis helped me a lot with questions about anxiety. Please keep in mind that it’s several hundred years old and meant for monks (men), but there are timeless messages about striving for virtue and trusting in God. I don’t agree 100% with his asceticism, but the book is worth reading. Peace, Monica Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.