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Hair pulling - February 9th 2013, 07:03 AM

When i am nervous or bored i pull out my hair and play with it. sometimes i pull on my eyelashes i don't pull them out. Why do i do this?
   
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Re: Hair pulling - February 9th 2013, 07:20 AM

i think its a disorder .. i watched it sometimes on grey's anatomy if i remember correctly its called "Trichotillomania" something like that.
   
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Re: Hair pulling - February 9th 2013, 07:30 AM

Hi there!

I think what you have is called Trichotillomania. It's when people compulsively and constantly pull out hair from it's roots from the head and from other places of the body like their eyelashes, as you mentioned.
People say that it's because once you start doing it, you like that feeling, or are addicted to the feeling of the hair coming off. It's also said that it's because of lack of acceptance by other people. Are people not giving you the attention that you need? A lot of people have this urge to keep pulling out the hair. It's a very bad habit. Try to stop and control your urge to keep pulling out your hair. It's supposed to come under the Impulse control Disorders and the Obsessive Compulsive spectrum of disorders. It can be treated, and people do stop pulling out their hair, but it does take a while.
If you feel like pulling out your hair, keep a rubber band on your wrist and keep snapping it against your wrist each time that you feel like pulling our hair or lashes.

I also request you to talk to your parents about this, and tell them that you need to go to a counselor. It's unfortunately as addicting and self harm and such, so you do need to talk to someone about it, a professional, preferably.

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Re: Hair pulling - February 9th 2013, 05:59 PM

its a disorder it hink but if you want to stop i would suggest distract yourself from it
   
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Re: Hair pulling - February 9th 2013, 11:32 PM

Hi,

as was mentioned by the previous posters, this is a disorder known as Trichotillomania, you can read about it here.
We are not saying you have Trich, we cannot diagnose you and we are not professionals, this is just what we are guessing because of what we know about it and what you wrote here.
You should talk to your parents about this and see if they can set you up an appointment with your doctor or a mental health professional such as a psychologist or therapist so that whatever is stressing you out, making you nervous or is causing you to pull out your hair can be dealt with so that this does not get worse.
Hopefully we have been helpful and if you ever need anything, you can send me a PM and I will be glad to help.


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