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Eyelash pulling... - July 20th 2009, 04:17 PM

Anyone else got a small addiction to pulling eyelashes?

I always feel like I have something stuck in my eye. So I start pulling out eyelashes, thinking I'll get the 'bad one'- the one at the corner of my eye that curls under. Oh, I hate those. There was one time when I pulled out 4 good eyelashes just to get the bad one out...
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Re: Eyelash pulling... - July 20th 2009, 11:44 PM

We cannot diagnose you with any particular problem, but I can tell you that those who obsessively pull out hair (including eyelashes, eyebrows, etc) can be diagnosed with trichotillomania (TTM).
Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches
For some people, at some times, trichotillomania is mild and can be quelled with a bit of extra awareness and concentration.
For others, at times the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.
Source: Trich.org

If you suspect that this may be interfering with your everyday life and thought processes, such as having the urge to pull so strong that it keeps you from doing everyday activities, you need to consider speaking to an adult you trust and, if possible, begin seeing a therapist. There are many techniques and "treatments" they can use to fit you specifically to help you determine why you have this problem and how to handle it.

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