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    I'm 20 and have spent most of my life with either biological depression or bi-polar to be quite frank nobody has been decent enough to tell me including psycholinguists...but anyway I developed anxiety problems and starting picking my acne from a young age. I gradually began to stop and gain control but the damage is already done, after 10 years I just want to stop completely so I can go ahead with microdermabrasion and skin peels can somebody help me to stop the compulsion??





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    i to suffer from bi polar and the doctor has put on a lot of medication diazepam,amitrypline,olanzpine,propananol.

    I have Bipolar too. It can affect my work and relationships and I can find it hard to cope. I went to I Priory hospital when I was 13 for 10weeks- this helped, although I didn't enjoy being ridiculed at school. When I turned 15 I moved out of my parents' and started my own life, mainly because I couldn't bear to hurt them anymore. I was a monster. I now live on my own, it's the best way really, I've also come off all medication which has helped me in a way, I don't like to be controlled by anyone. But I know that if I need anyone, I can call my friends. They know how messed up I am like my family, but, because blood is thicker than water- they could've walked away, but thankfully they've stayed and they know how to help me and calm me down. Try and turn your attention away from the problem, if you notice yourself doing it, just keep saying to yourself: 'I can get through this. I am the master of my mind'. After a while, you will believe it. Keep yourself busy, surround yourself with friends that know your ins and outs, and do whatever makes YOU happy and don't let ANYONE change you. I've learnt to love my Bipolar, because it's simply a part of me and has made my life the way it is today. I know everyone says that all the above isn't enough, but if you drum it into yourself or loved ones, praise, cuddling, just generally being there will help. All the best my friend. X

    I am 18 and have minor ache however it has been made worse by compulsion to pick at my spots which has left scars and open wounds all over my arms, back, chest and face.I can't stop myself from picking?





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    Yes. This has happened to me many times and once the blockage is gone you are good. I have almost an obsessive compulsion to itch my ears with q-tips and unfortunately I get blocked ears frequently. Only sometimes does it get so bad that I must go to the doctor. Hope this helps.

    Hi, I'm 19 and, after several years of pulling my hair out, my baldness got to the point where no one would see me without a baseball cap. 2 months ago I decided to try and break this compulsion, so for every day that I didnt pull any hair out, I ticked that day on my calender. In May, I got 16 out of 31 ticks, last month I ticked all but 1 day, and so far this month I have gone only one day without a tick. I hope you guys find this helpful...trich. IS manageable





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    Hi, I suffer with ocd, and I know it starts with a thought then a fear and then a compulsion, so if your house isn't clean what is the fear? I like my hOuse clean to but it isn't my ocd, it's the sense of responsibility to have to so it again and this is down to an anxiety disorder I also suffer with. I would go to your gp, you need expert help to sort through what's going on, remember its only a problem if it affects your ability to function and this is for you. If you are on twitter there is quite a good ocd community and ocd action is great.

    sadly there isnt anything over the counter, some people try st johns wort but it reacts with the contraceptive pill so its not suitable for everyone. its kind of a natural antidepressant. im glad you're getting referred to someone who'll help. a lot of solving OCD is letting go of the obsession so you dont have to perform the compulsions to compensate for it. you're scared of vomit (obsession) so you have to do all these other things to avoid it (compulsion) its basically teaching yourself that the world wont end if the thing you're scared of happens. good luck x

    I've had this condition on and off for 30 years and it is also a compulsion to lick and hair I have just pulled out, one at a time. Pubic hair and eyebrows are now non-existent, and there are still thin patches at the sides of my hair. I was lucky that while I was working as secretary for a neuropsychiatry professor I discovered that this is a disorder of impulse control, and I have been on SSRIs at the dose for obsessive compulsive disorder for many years now, and the frequency of hair pulling is very greatly reduced. If my hair needs washing it is always worse.





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    I have suffered from trich for about 3 years, im 18 years old and have had 2 years of counseling, psychologists and antidepressants. Which has helped improve my anxiety dissorder, but my pulling just wont stop, i only pull from my head, and i find hairs which are too thick, or wirey feeling, no one else has said this is the reason they pull their hair out, so i dont know if this is an unncommon reason. It is such a horrible problem, because you feel like there is no one who you can talk to about it, and no one ever understands how its such a strong compulsion you are unable to stop. Seeing the number of people who have also wrote with similar problems on here is really comforting.





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    Hi, i'm 18 too and have hair pulled for about 2 years! I did some research on trichotillomania a while ago and also thought it was weird that no one else mentioned pulling out a certain type of hair! I pull out the ones that look thicker, darker or more wirey than the rest, too! It's nice to know that there's someone else that's more selective in their hair pulling! My mum has this condition aswell and has done it for years but she doesn't pull out specific hairs!

    Thankyou for replying, thats so reassuring to see someone else that similar to me! Because ive repeatedly searched online about trich, and no one ever mentions pulling specific hairs, despite me searching for hours for these hairs that i just cant stand having in my head. Ive read that it can run in families, but i dont know of anyone else whos ever done it. So its hard not having anyone to talk to

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    dear michelle, i had the condition at the age of 13 to 15, i mannaged to stop, i never seeked medical advice but now im 18 and it seems to somtimes embody itself in an obsession with plucking my eyebrows, its difficult to understand but its a hard cycle to break,bordom, compulsion and stress related(there must be a traumatic reason- i recomend sitting down with her and getting to the roots of the problem)the best thing you can do is to give her the support my mother never gave me as it can even be confusing to the sufferer, try to be as understanding as possible, make her realise her actions will result in strange bald patches as my apperance is what shocked me enough to stop, in the mean time i recomend lots of after school activities as attending an youth club and a drawing class took my mind off things and kept me busy. i hope you dont think of me as interfearing i just want sufferers to have the support i never felt i had until recently xox

    For some reason I would do the same exact thing. I would start pulling out my eyelashes and it I ever got started, I would end up pulling every single hair out. And I still don't know why I used to have such a habit of doing it. I guess I don't understand myself or why I would want to pull them all out. All I can say is at times I would be obsessed to pull them all out. So I when I was in public, I would stand at a distance when I talked with someone so that they would not notice my missing eyelashes, because I was affraid of what people would think of me. It has taken me much time fighing this compulsion. My main motive to stop it was, my worry of what other people was thinking of me not having eyelashes. I worried that people knew I had pulled them all out, and that I must have a mental problem. So I fought the bad habit with all I had. I forced myself to go "Cold Turkey" and just keep my fingers away from my eyelashes. It took a lot of effort to break myself from doing that. It takes time to break a habit, I never found a magic pill to take. Even years later now, I might catch myself pulling a couple out and then I tell myself "NEVER GET STARTE DOING THAT AGAIN!" I feel that you need a motive. My motive was FEAR of what others where thinking of me.

    I am 19 and have been pulling for 9 years. I pull from the scalp and cant explain why i find it such a comfort or a compulsion, although there is not a day that goes by when i dont wonder why i do it. I have been shaving my head on and off since i was 14 and although this obviously makes it hard to pull, it hasnt done a great deal for my confidence, i was very badly bullied right the way through high school, which obviously aggrivated the problem. I was also diagnosed with depression a few years after i started which made me feel like there would be no way of me getting better. Last year i started uni and was terrified of what people would think, something new to me as i usualy dont care and let people think what they want, however i desperately wanted to make a good impression. Towards the middle of the year it got really bad and i was pulling for up to 8 hours a day, i fell into a trance like state and would sometimes pull until my fingers bled. I became very ill and got in trouble for missing so much uni...as i was speaking to a member of staff from my department i felt myself burst into tears and and began to tell her the whole story. A couple of days later i was referred to sevral health workers and a GP in the uni and have just recntly worked my way onto a waiting list for CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). I know this is going to be a long road to recovery and will drag up parts of myself that i havent addressed for a long time,but i feel so much more confident about my future. I shave my head every 2 weeks now and am proud to look the way i am...i still pull when i can but it is the knowing that i am on the right track that is keeping me going. I guss what im saying is that if you suffer with this and hide it away, dont be afraid, there is so much out there for you, dont punish yourself and when you are ready to ask for help you will. Good luck x





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    I have struggled with obsessive symptoms all my life and i need help. When i was younger i had to have my shoes tied so tight that an hour after taking them off you could still see the impression of where my socks sat on my feet. I have given myself nerve damage in my feet because of it. It was all about clothes to start off with, if they didn't feel right i couldn't wear them. i felt this horrid sinking feeling like something awful was going to happen if i did wear them. I had obsessions with loads of thing over the years, bands, tv programs, you name it i have fixated on it. It has turned distructive on numerious occasions. For example i got obsessive about not eating certain foods, i would only eat water mellon for lunch and i would only drink certain drinks and then it had to be with a straw. Now my obsession is collecting random things, my pockets are always full of things i might find useful. generally its papers of some kind but its could be rubber bands or scraps of material. My mother has litterally wrestled me to the ground to take things off me as i just can't let go of them. I feel if i let go of the things then again something teriable will happen. i don't know what the awful thing is but its distressing. I suffer from social anxiety and exteam depression and mood swings. I tend to get really up and hyper and either collect or obsess about things and then when i come back down and get depressed i feel guilty about it. I feel the need to touch certain things and i suffer with compulsions to do stupid things like walk into the middle of the road or bite all the corners of a book. Stupid things that i know i shouldn't do but i can't control the compulsion and people often comment about how i am being innapropriate either by what i say or what i do.





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    Hello Everyone, I have a bad perforated septum due to excessive nose picking due to OCD. I was embarassed to seek treatment and since most males in my fam are born with deviated septum, I am almost certain I was. I would dig for gold so to speak in order to make sure both passages were clear. This is when I was 12-15. Eventually I could breathe fine and the behabious stopped. The OCD changed and became a manifestation of sniffing in and out to clear dried mucous and as a compulsion. At 15 or 16 I tried cocaine a few times. One time after sniffing nearly a gram to myself (We split an 8ball between 4 friends)I noticed my nose was very scabbing upon waking the next morning. I tried to pick out the scabby,dry mucous but then my heart sank. I thought I had it and then it dissapeared. I put my finger in the other nostril and the booger was there and then dissapeared again. This was the first realization I had that I had a perforated septum. I thought how could I have a whole in my nose. whitney houston has snorter Kg upon kgs of coke and I have maybe snorted 5 grams in my life? Then I thought about the picking. I used a small pen flashlight to get a look at it myself. Boy was I upset. I had a hole that was roughly 2 cm long and 1 cm wide. I already have problems with my ears so my ENT looked at it and told me it was too big to fix and a button would probably make it worse but to use saline rinses and apply vaseline daily. It took time to get my compulsions under control( I still kept my ocd a secret and did not seak help). The perforation is now 3 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. It is located at the lower back of the septum. I can feel the bone at the back. The worst thing is that if I put my finger in my nose and touch the back I start doing OCD things and hurting my nose. I have started using tweezers to pull the large dried bloody/mucousy blockages that form along the edge of the perforation. IT IS DISGUSTING AND I HATE IT. I recently but a pump activated neti pot which worked great and kept me symptom free for sometime and then it stopped working. I plan on exchanging it. I am glad to know I am not alone but this is something that torments a guy with OCD. The only benefits is that my nose is never clogged anymore. LOL. Too much open space.





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