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Trichotillomania is driving me nuts!!! (**Update, in purple!!**)
January 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

 Do any of you suffer from Trichotillomania? I've been 'picking' since I was probably 12 or 13 (I'm now 20) Because of it, I have little to no eyebrows left, at times have barely any eyelashes, and now have a 'part' in my hair because of my constant picking.. I was wondering, for those of you who have Trich, how have you overcome the urge to pull/pick?


*Update!*

I had a psychiatry appointment this past Wednesday. I have been officially diagnosed with Trich. My psychiatrist put me on Prozac to help with controlling the compulsions to pick. Has anyone been on Prozac for this reason? If so, how did it work for you? For now, he has me on 10mg and we are going to up the dosage as needed.

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  • hollydaze1974
    January 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM
    It would seem a medication would be needed. Isn't this a form of OCD? It isn't just a habit.
  • kwerner92
    January 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM

     Yes, it is a compulsion/for of OCD. I'm just wondering if there's anything that I could do without having to go to see a specialist. Not that I'm against going to see someone for it, I've just never been the type of person to talk a therapist about anything.. LOL

  • robbinsroost
    January 11, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I don't, but I have a friend who suffers from it. You would think she had cancer because her hair is so thin. I don't know that she does anything to help. My oldest DD started pulling her hair last month after she had lice. She told me it felt good when I combed through her hair. She ended up making a small bald patch on her head. DH and I told her and we told her how ugly it was and she was embarrassed by it. She understood that she could control it and I have not seen her pulling in the last couple weeks. Her spot has not gotten larger either, but I have noticed she has started biting her nails.

  • kwerner92
    January 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM

     I've tried just about everything to keep my hands busy. But, they always seem to find their way to somewhere with hair or scabs. Sadly, not everyone can control their picking. I pick te hair from my head, my eyebrows, eyelashes, arm hair, leg hair, and pubic hair (sorry for TMI..), ingrown hairs, zits/pimples, and scabs. I will spend HOURS picking!!

  • amonkeymom
    January 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    ((hug))  I don't have this condition, but I can imagine how frustrating it must be.  It might be best to have some counseling so that you can figure out why you do this.

    Quoting kwerner92:

     I've tried just about everything to keep my hands busy. But, they always seem to find their way to somewhere with hair or scabs. Sadly, not everyone can control their picking. I pick te hair from my head, my eyebrows, eyelashes, arm hair, leg hair, and pubic hair (sorry for TMI..), ingrown hairs, zits/pimples, and scabs. I will spend HOURS picking!!


  • diana1481
    January 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM
    I have it and as hard as I try not to pull, I do without realizing it.
  • Aishamusty
    January 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    BUMP!

  • hollydaze1974
    January 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM
    Noone is the " type " of person to go to a psych/ therapist. However, you've been doing this a long time. Obviously it is a compulstion..(I mean your pubes? Really? ) we all know how bad that hurts!

    I think you've tried on your own long enough and really need to consider OCD help. I feel certain you look in the mirror and think " geez!"

    You may not need to see a therapist.., a psych eval and a medication could bet all you need. Therapy CAN help .... But it isn't always needed, and if it is, when you find a good " fit", you may find it's really helpful.
    Good luck.

    Quoting kwerner92:

     Yes, it is a compulsion/for of OCD. I'm just wondering if there's anything that I could do without having to go to see a specialist. Not that I'm against going to see someone for it, I've just never been the type of person to talk a therapist about anything.. LOL

  • Lindalou907
    January 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Absolutely see a Psychiatrist, someone who can prescribe meds not only talk therapy,this has gone on long enough, I imagine it's very troubling to you! Hugs mama!

  • frndlyfn
    January 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    What was going on at the age you started?  That would be a good place for you to start on your own.  What could have triggered it.  I think i had it as well as a teenager and i just really worked on keeping hands and mind busy with other things.  I did have counseling for a bout a year due to other problems that came up but just being able to talk to a neutral person about every day stresses helped alot.

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