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Trichotillomania

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Trichotillomania is a compulsive disorder that results in sufferers pulling out hair from all parts of their body. Stress and depression are amongst the triggers for it, and it often develops in people’s teenage years. Sufferers can end up with disfiguring bald patches and irritation around the plucked pores. There are several treatments that doctors prescribe, the most common being Habit Reversal Training, which aims to identify the triggers and get sufferers to re-direct this impulse. Anti-depressants can also be prescribed and have been shown to improve sufferers’ symptoms.

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Hi, I started pulling my eyebrows and eyelashes out when I was 5. I'm 21 now & can't stop!! Its so embarrassing when someone asks why I have no eyelashes or eyebrows. I wear fake eyelashes and draw my eyebrows on. But I need to sort this out. Please help me





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Hey Gabby nice to meet you. My name is Troy, I'm 20 years old and have dealt with trich since age 10. I'm not going to lie to you and say that I've sorted this out but from experience I will say the best thing you can do is keep busy. You also need to know your triggers. Mine are when I'm in bed, in the bathroom, or in my car. Strong emotions/depression also tend to trigger pulling. Try to minimize time you spend in any place you frequently pull. I try to only use my bedroom for sleep, cause if I use the internet I'll likely pull. Lastly remember that you can manipulate your world with a positive attitude. Most of my life I felt like I had been cursed, that my life was worth less because of this. One day after deep reflection I realized something important. The way I've coped with Trich was as I said, keeping myself busy - always looking for ways to improve myself and help others. Whenever I'd get depressed or isolate myself, Trich would "punish me". In that sense I found that Trich can also be a gift. Trich is like a compass that guides me down my life path, it wakes me up when I fall off my path because I can visibly see my own self destruction. Many people only recover from things such as substance abuse when they hit a "rock bottom" and with Trich, rock bottom is always one step away. A catalyst for great change is within you; a restless hunger that can motivate you to achieve your dreams while many people sit complacently around you in comfortable mediocrity. I hope this helped in some way. You are not alone, stay well Gabby :) -Troy

I'm 17 and I think I started when I was about 12. To begin with, I would pull on my pubic hair, in bed at night. When I was about 13 I got so fed up with being teased about my moustache, I ripped it out with my hands. I stole a pair of tweezers from my mum to finish the job, because it was very patchy, and then just kept them (which I feel bad about, but she didn't notice). Around the same time, I started shaving my legs, but I also plucked whenever there was any stubble. I can spend hours just tweezing my legs. I also started to pluck my fingers and toes, because I have quite a hairy body, and I haven't stopped. I now regularly do my fingers, feet and moustache, and then if there's no hair left, my pubes and legs.





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Hi, my name is G, I've been pulling out my hair since I was about 10 or 11. I started with the hair on my fingers, and then dabbled in pulling out the hair on my underarm. Now, 18, I primarily pull out my eyelashes and pubic hair. It's really quite embarrassing and tedious (as I spend maybe 3 hours at a time just pulling, not including all the times I've pulled out my eyelashes "casually"). This all kind of sucks and I wish I could stop because my fingers, the area where I pull... They all just hurt! My fingers are bruised and one in particular, the one I use to pull out all of the hair, there is a lesion where my thumb meets my finger and because I can't stop it's getting bigger. It's ironic, because I don't really care about the amount of damage I'm causing on my own skin. Sometimes I do, sometimes - like now - I can barely think about it. I do want to stop because I'm going to uni soon, but I can't seem to atm. :/ But that's probably because I'm depressed and incredibly stressed out because of my life atm. Sigh.

I have had Trichtilomania since I was around 7 I am now 45. I have found some ways that help my eyebrows and eyelashes grow back faster and healthier. I am working on a Facebook page that tells all my tips and tricks and where people can tell their experiences with trichtilomania without being judged. Feel free to add me on FB. Search Lauren Lash Trichtilomania and it should pull my page up.





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Hi I messaged you on Facebook but I don't think it went through, I was wondering how you stopped pulling your eyebrows and eyelashes out or make them grow back because I don't want to go to the doctors. I started when I was 11 and still doing it at 16 and I want them to grow back, get intouch soon. Thank you Zenna

I've been pulling my hair since I was 8, but I've found a remedy for growing back my head hair-I just wear a hat all the time and when I get he urge, I pull the blonde invisible hairs on my forehead and between my eyebrows. Still working on stopping from pulling my eyelashes, I grew my eyebrows back with willpower but unfortunately they are a bit thin now so I have to fill them in with a pencil, but I'm still happy :) I'm 15 now.





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I am El, I pull out my hair and eat it, I eat my finger nails to and if not doing that I eat inside of my cheeks. I have done this from a child but now I am experiencing bad stomach pains, sickness, feel full up a lot, sluggish etc. I finally admitted this to my doctor and I was told it would not do any harm and to take Lanzoprazole tablets, I asked of there will be hair in my stomach that needs removing and he said it wont do my body any harm, However when I look it up I find out differently and now I don't no what to do and wondered about feeling and being sick.





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Hi every one I run a Facebook online support group called tricotill mania 24/7th pulse disorder please feel free to join its a closed group and completely private





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Hi, I'm Courtney I'm always pulling my hair out and I hate it, it started about 2 years about when I was 12 and now I have no way to stop, I also have other problem in my life what makes me pull lots more hair out (in clumps) my mum always shouts at me every time I pull a strand out and play with it and then but it on the floor but she always takes the mic out off me? How do I get her to understand I actually need help? She seen a few bald patches in my hair but never really said anything? I need her to understand but she would just take the mic out off me? Someone help





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If you feel like you can't tell your mom about it try talking to someone else you feel won't take the mic out of you first. Close friends and family or even someone at school? There are support groups online too, it might help to talk to other people with it or even just to know they have it too. I don't have Trichotillomania, but I have compulsive skin picking which is similar, and it's thanks to learning about Trich that I found out I had CSP. I was particularly bad with it as a teenager because of my Mom taking the mic so I know it's difficult.

Hello Courtney, my name is Katie and I have had a very similar situation when I was your age. I am now 28. I think you are brave and smart for using online resources and looking for help. My mother was also abusive and controling. She would get so upset when she would see hurt myself, she would start to yell. She didn't know how to support me when o really needed it. However you are not alone, and you shouldn't have to feel like this. It is not okay for someone to belittle you, you need help and you really can't control your mom. Reach out for help. Many people are bad at giving it. Keep trying. You seem like you have a kind and gentle spirit. Could you try loving yourself with this same spirit, and reach out to professionals, school counselors, phsychologists, a teacher you trust to help point you in the right direction? Keep up the good, courageous work.

trich is caused by a yeast infection, but most people seem to ignore it, including doctors... I had it for three years, now it's cured because I went to a dermatologist and asked to have my scalp and hair tested for yeast and bacteria...





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I started to pull out my eyelashes when I was about 12 or 13 and I haven't been able to stop since. My mom always yells at me and makes me fell bad for doing it. And at school a lot of people always tell me omg you have no eyelashes and I always Make up an ascuse. I wanna quit but I can't it so hard it relives all the stress I go through can someone please help me.





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Hi! I'm nearly 14 and I started at around the same age this is the exactly the same as my story. But I. Ant stop! My mam has told me she will take me to see a doctor but I don't know what they will do! All my friends at school have noticed and a few other people are saying "what happened to your eyebrows" and I have no idea what to say! I really need help too!

Same as me. I'm 13 now, I started pulling at 11, and my mum's started to tell me that she'll get my hair shaved off if I don't stop. It's ridiculous. People think its was as stopping just like that, but most of the time, you can't. It's just so hard and addictive. I want so badly to stop, but I can't! 😩

Hi, I am 17 years old and I have been pulling out my hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows for sometime now! It started when I was quite young I don't really remember what age but I just always had the urge to pull out my eyelashes, I managed to stop for quite a while! But I started again by the age of 9 but this time it was the hair from my scalp. I didn't know why I was doing it i just couldn't stop! I pulled all the hair i could from my parting and stopped before anyone would notice, i then started pulling my hair out from underneath thinking no one would notice. But my hair got really thin and my mom noticed and I came up with some excuse that any 9 year old's mom would believe and she did! I stopped again until i got to high school! i thought i can control it if i just dont pull my hair out to often in the same place no one would even see and they didnt but when i went to do my eyebrows for the first time i couldnt stop once i started.... so i ended up with the thinnest eyebrows you could imagine. everyone would ask at school "god laura what happend to your eyebrows" and full of excuses me told them "my mom got carried away" and they believed me and when my mom asked what happened to them i said "what do you mean they look alright" no one caught on! I have never told anyone about this i was just to embarrassed! I still to this day dont understand myself why i do it, i just know that i do! i want to get help but im just to scared with the questions they'll ask! I want to be like everyone else with perfect hair that has no bald spots dotted around their head! It makes me feel a little better knowing that im not going through this alone! and that there are people who when they read this wont make fun or think im a freak because they know how it feels.





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