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Trich (hair-pulling) - July 12th 2009, 04:50 AM

Trichotillomania sucks.
I've been pulling my hair out ever since I was eleven.
I'm fifteen now.
Just, does anybody else have this or know anyone who has this?
What have they done to help put an end to it?
   
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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 12th 2009, 05:39 AM

Hi :]

I have heard of it before and heard of people who've done it. It's important that you stop and I applaud you for coming on here and trying to see what you can do to stop it. I had done it for awhile and a teacher actually asked me about it because apparently I was pulling during a test or something (didn't even notice). I digress, but she said that she had a student once who went bald because of it.

Have you tried wearing gloves?
Putting your hair up in a pony tail or something?

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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 12th 2009, 12:56 PM

Yeah trich can be a right pain
Well for me I just try to get my hands busy with something else, like drawing or something.
Just try to take your mind off it and resist the urge to use your fingers, you take out a lot more hair that way, if your pulling your eyelashes or eyebrows that is.
I know its hard and extreemly embarrasing if someone notices but you can always cover it up.
Just keep your hands busy and try not to think about it. You can stop doing it eventually if you have the will power.

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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 12th 2009, 02:38 PM

It's good you've taken a step to address the problem by posting here, first of all and I think it's important you find a way to stop this- you'll be doing your hair a helluva lot of damage and I imagine that it's quite painful aswell. Have you ever seen a therapist about this? I know it seems a bit drastic, but some specialise in stopping such behaviours as this to give you the biggest benefit and although expensive, it can be very effective. If you don't want to take that step though, as someone else said, keeping your hands occupied might be a good idea- a stress ball for when you get urges, or maybe soemthing similar to hair to tug on? I know that's easier said than done to find something that fits that, but if you can pull something hair like it might stop the urges to pull your own hair.


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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 12th 2009, 07:06 PM

Thanks dudes.
Yeah, I see a therapist and he knows about it, and we're talking about ways to help stop it.
Thanks for the ideas! I'm keeping my hands busy and pulling me hair up, so thanks! =D
   
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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 12th 2009, 11:04 PM

Hey, one of my best friends suffered from that.
She has told me her story before and she said that what helped her stop was making tally marks on her wrist of how many times she resisted and making tally marks on the other wrist of how many times she did it. She said she would count them up and compare everyday and she said her goal was to make the wrist for resisting have more marks than the other one.
She is now doing well and hasnt pulled her hair for a long time




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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 13th 2009, 10:07 AM

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Hey, one of my best friends suffered from that.
She has told me her story before and she said that what helped her stop was making tally marks on her wrist of how many times she resisted and making tally marks on the other wrist of how many times she did it. She said she would count them up and compare everyday and she said her goal was to make the wrist for resisting have more marks than the other one.
She is now doing well and hasnt pulled her hair for a long time

Should you try to use the method of tally marks, I suggest that you use a washable marker, or something that will come off easy since you're going to have a lot of ink marks that people are going to want to know about if they're not washable. I would imagine they add quickly.

I've actually never heard of this, to be honest with you. I know that people pull their hair out, but I never knew there was a name for it. In any case, keep talking with your therapist about it, try some alternatives maybe? I know it's not considered self harm, but there are a lot of alternatives that you might find beneficial for your use?

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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 13th 2009, 07:18 PM

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Hey, one of my best friends suffered from that.
She has told me her story before and she said that what helped her stop was making tally marks on her wrist of how many times she resisted and making tally marks on the other wrist of how many times she did it. She said she would count them up and compare everyday and she said her goal was to make the wrist for resisting have more marks than the other one.
She is now doing well and hasnt pulled her hair for a long time

Wow, that sounds like a really good idea! I'll try that.
Thanks! =]


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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 13th 2009, 11:58 PM

I have a friend who, when she has a habit she wants to break (I'm not saying that this is a habit but it might help), wears a rubber-band around her wrist and when she gets the urge to do whatever, she snaps the rubber band. She stopped nail-biting and stuff like that. You could give it a shot.


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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 18th 2009, 06:49 AM

Hey Ash!
I DO know someone with this. They stopped last summer, and it was very hard. Youre not alone, and there is help available, just like every other addiction, or behavioral problem. PM me if yew need to talk. <3
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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 18th 2009, 02:38 PM

I do pull my hair out too, and I know it is hard, just hang in there.
Check out the Self Harm ALternatives Stickie for ideas to distract you.
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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 20th 2009, 12:12 AM

I used to pull my hair when I was really stressed out. I think all of these are really useful tips! I wish I had heard them when I was dealing with this. What I did to stop doing that was buy a discrete stress ball that I could carry everywhere, and eventually I didn't need the ball anymore, I suppose I just learned to relax on my own.
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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 20th 2009, 08:28 PM

Hi - I've heard of this, and there is another form of it which is to eat your hair after you have pulled it out (this is incredibly damaging). I listened to a radio program about it the other day and many people don't even realise they are doing it until they have pulled a lot of hair out - so it's like an unconscious thing really.

Good luck with tackling this - like with any form of self-harm, you can overcome it.
   
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Re: Trich (hair-pulling) - July 20th 2009, 11:50 PM

Your best option would probably be to talk to your therapist about some other options than what you're already tried, technique-wise. There are alot of options out there. I suffer from a similar issue of TTM and scalp picking, and I can tell you that I tried several things that just didn't seem to work while others worked better for my lifestyle and mentality.

As you can see, more people suffer from TTM and other picking/pulling disorders than you would think. For alot of people, it's seen to be shameful and a private problem, but the more we open up about what we experience and what helps us deal with the problem, the more it becomes a topic people aren't so afraid to talk about.

So, definitely, don't be afraid to talk about trich on here. TeenHelp is as successful as it is because we do our utmost to keep this an anonymous website that is open to helping others who have been in similar situations to us.


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