So I have Trichotillomania.
by, 02-12-2012 at 05:34 PM (1129 Views)
"Trichotillomania is hair loss from repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off. Patients are unable to stop this behavior, even as their hair becomes thinner."
I have only today found the official name for what I have. Trichotillomania. Brilliant. Im also dyslexia. Why do they make words so long? Anyway... Ever since I can remember I have been pulling my hair out (so it cant be related to stress). The first memory I have is having a ball of hair shoved at the side of my bed because I didn't want my mother to find it. I must have been around 4 years old as this was when we lived at a particular house.
Now I break the ends of my hair off by biting them and pull my hair out at the root. This is done throughout the day daily and I then either throw it on the floor or glided across my tongue a couple of times and then thrown on the floor (yes I sound mad). My keyboard is always covered in pieces of broken hair, with my old laptop having to have the buttons removed as they got clogged.
My hair is thick, half way down my back and I have allot of it so at the moment there are no dramatic visual problems. I have layered hair to hied all the different stages of re-growth. I am aware however that It will come to a point where I will get noticeable bald patches.
For work I have to have it tied up in a bun and I am constantly busy so dont seem to have a problem, But as soon as Im home I pick. Even if its tied up. Most of the time I dont even notice Im doing it until someone shouts at me. No matter how much I want to stop, I cant. Ive been reading online of possible medications and 'habit reversals' so will hopefully be looking into that.
Does anyone else suffer with anything similar or knows of anyone? Some people will pull their eye lashes, eyebrows and other body hair. Ive heard it is classed as an OCD.
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