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hair pulling experience
April 11, 2001
1:13 pm
pulling out my hair
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Okay here's my problem. I am 24 years old and ever since I was in 6th grade I have been pulling out my hair. It's pretty embarrassing. I have long hair. I pull at it from the top and the sides. One time I went to a salon to have a trim and the hairdresser commented on my "damaged" hair. I didn't have the courage to tell her that I have a problem pulling my hair out. I do it unconciously sometimes. I do it when I'm depressed feeling, happy, sad, mad and I just don't understand the compulsion to do it all. It feels good I guess. I really want to know if anybody has heard of this. I remember a long time ago hearing the name of this disorder but I can't recall it. I would love to know if I can get treatment for this. Please Help!!!!!

April 11, 2001
2:08 pm
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the word you're looking for is trichotillomania (spelling?). But: like whith most bad habits you can make things worse by focussing on the problem. Try focussing on some positive thing instead. The trick seems to be that our unconscious doesn't know the words "no" "not" and so on. So if you keep repeating to yorself "I will not pull my hair out" your unconsious gets 'pull my hair out, pull my hair out, pull my hair out' as a message. Try "I have great hair and I treat it good" instead.

April 17, 2001
11:18 pm
Kimberly Anne
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Hi, my name is Kimbery and i suffer from this condition, there are no quick fixes and i believe we deal with it but we never get over it, i hope others had, but from what i know and what i had and am experiencing, no-however with drugs and therpahy it can improve.

The worst part for me was that it started around age 13 and i was really really bald. I don't think i can ever forgive the names and games of those who tormented me-i hope one day i can. I use to be called egghead and a baby and i had no friends, no one wanted to be my friend and i had no self esteem whatsoever.

The good news is that over time, I learned to not pull in the same places and when it got thin, i was scarred and would stop till it grew back in some. I would not go to hairdresser who made a comment, about my hair, that really is none of her business, in my opinion, i feel they see enough of this everyday and should know it is embrassing for us-i had never had anyone comment on my hair, although one nice person suggested vitamins and milk for my hair and she commented on how thick and beautiful my hair was.

I hope you find someone who is more sensitive to this problem. It is not that easy to say ok just stop that! go use a rubber band and snap it when you feel that urge as therpahists in the past had suggested to me some twenty years ago, life and some problems just don't go away- i feel what we need is just to deal with it the best we can, and if others don't seem to understand we need to pull them out of our lives as well-good to see this topic here too!


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