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Trichotillomania or just me being a hypochondriac? - July 28th 2012, 11:55 PM

Well this is sorta hard for me to bring up but just today I started pulling my hair, and I know it's only one day so how can I base this off one day, but I've always been obsessed with my hair, pulling on it, putting my fingers through it, especially when it was longer, but I can't keep my hands out of my hair. Period. And today, I don't know why, but I just started pulling out some of it, then more and more, now I've pulled out a good small clump of hair total, and I feel ashamed, because people really do struggle with this, and I think I'm just doing it... Well I don't know why. I'm afraid I might just be being my hypochondriac self, but at the same time, I have always tugged on my hair, or pulled some out, and always had my hands in my hair, and now for whatever unknown reason, I started to pull it out and I just, I still want to do more, but I'm afraid of it being obvious that there's no hair there.

I'm sorry and this probably seems stupid, and probably seems offensive to those who do suffer with it, I'm just slightly worried, because honestly right now I can't stop myself, I just can't help it. I'm scared.

[EDIT:] Another thing I just realized that may be worth mentioning, is that I always pick at my scalp, usually without realizing it, and since I've been pulling my hair, I'm not scratching and picking at my scalp. So, if that's any help at all. And I seriously have picked and scratched my head until I get blood, and still after too because I just can't stop. Like I said, I don't know as that makes a difference, but I figured it might help anyway.

[EDIT2:]The more I question this the more I notice and remember little things I did but never really thought of before, like pulling all the little fine hair on my chest, I've pulled them for months now, I sit there with tweezers and remove the hairs I see on my chest and my stomach too (gross I know), so I just though maybe I should add that as well.


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Re: Trichotillomania or just me being a hypochondriac? - July 29th 2012, 01:14 AM

Could you talk to someone about it? Like maybe a parent or someone? Maybe they would notice your hair habits and could give some input, and even be there for you (like to tell you to stop if they see you doing it). Until then, focus on the fact that it is harmful and unnecessary, or try not to think about your hair at all; if you start touching it, consciously tell yourself to leave it alone.
   
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Re: Trichotillomania or just me being a hypochondriac? - July 29th 2012, 02:13 AM

Well I'm at my step-grandma's right now, and she's always been judgmental, this would just give her another thing to make me feel bad about. And I'm scared of mentioning it to my parents when I'm back with them. Could it possibly be stress related? I mean things have been really stressful lately, but also as I edited in above, I've always picked my scalp and scratched it, up to points when it bleeds and still continue after.


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Re: Trichotillomania or just me being a hypochondriac? - July 29th 2012, 05:12 AM

That definitely sounds like a stress-induced behavior. Any sort of repetitive habit can develop as your brain's way of distracting you from unpleasant situations, the only problem is that it can often continue even in benign situations where there's nothing negative going on. I would focus less on the hair-pulling itself and more on seeking ways to cope with the stress and anxiety in your life. And since one is a symptom of the other, you can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.
   
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Re: Trichotillomania or just me being a hypochondriac? - July 29th 2012, 06:04 AM

Thanks for the advice, both of you, I edited my first post yet again, and now I seriously cannot stop crying, in one day of this, I've already made a noticeable small bald patch and I just can't handle this. I can't stop myself and I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm scared and upset, and I just hate myself for this.


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