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trichtillomania

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 12, 2006
  • 06:20 AM

I have trichotillomania. I guess that you don't know what it is. It is where I pull my hair out from my scalp when I am nervous or upset. I have never talked to anyone with it. My doctor tells me there are many people with it but I have yet to meet one. If you are out there and you have it, can you tell me how you deal with it and how long you have had it? I have had it since I was two. here is a website that will help explain it better. http://www.trich.org/index.asp

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  • I know what it is! I don't have it, but one of my roomates had it and another friend also has it. My roomate does not have it anymore, she just has some vague urges once in a while. She cured herslef using ... well I guess it would be classified as "Cognitive Therapy" in shrink talk. Basically she altered her perspectives about the behavior to make it harder for her to indulge it. Like she would talk it out in her head and dissect the behavior until it seemed really silly or pointless or limiting or stupid, or whatever way of looking at things got her to not do it. Eventually, the strong compulsion will get weaker and weaker, just the same way an alcoholic or drugs attack can eventually lessen his urges through time if he forces himself to stop. Oh course, you have to truly decide you want to stop, just like with drugs or drink. Of course the "professionals" told her it was "impossible" that she cured it. Apparently it is hip nowadays for the experts to tell you the hopeless view that it is totally incurable and you are sentenced to it for life and the best you can hope for is to keep it barely at bay by using their drugs and going to therapy and making them $$$$$$$$ for your whole life.
    Non Servium 85 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 09:16 AM
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  • Psychiatrists are better than we the general public see them to be.Grow the ***l up you paranoid nut.I know what it is! I don't have it, but one of my roomates had it and another friend also has it. My roomate does not have it anymore, she just has some vague urges once in a while. She cured herslef using ... well I guess it would be classified as "Cognitive Therapy" in shrink talk. Basically she altered her perspectives about the behavior to make it harder for her to indulge it. Like she would talk it out in her head and dissect the behavior until it seemed really silly or pointless or limiting or stupid, or whatever way of looking at things got her to not do it. Eventually, the strong compulsion will get weaker and weaker, just the same way an alcoholic or drugs attack can eventually lessen his urges through time if he forces himself to stop. Oh course, you have to truly decide you want to stop, just like with drugs or drink. Of course the "professionals" told her it was "impossible" that she cured it. Apparently it is hip nowadays for the experts to tell you the hopeless view that it is totally incurable and you are sentenced to it for life and the best you can hope for is to keep it barely at bay by using their drugs and going to therapy and making them $$$$$$$$ for your whole life.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 09:55 PM
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  • Psychiatrists are better than we the general public see them to be.Grow the ***l up you paranoid nut. You're probably some 1st year psych student who can't bear hearing that your future profession is a sham. In real life you're probably a powerless pissant, that's why you go on forums anonymously and talk trash. Its the "wrong diagnosis forum," gee I wonder why people might not like the "experts" on a forum devoted to overcoming wrong diagnoses by experts? I will grow up when you learn to read the name of the forum.
    Non Servium 85 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
    • 04:52 AM
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  • ok welllllllll,im going to help out the first poster....ive had trich for like 7 years, and my hair was sooooooo short for awhile because of it. a year ago i was sooo happy cause i didnt pull for liek 3 weeks, but then it started again....then it just slowed down a little, i tried really hard to stop myself....one day i realized i could put it in a ponytail using lots of those clips....2 months later i had my hair down before a shower and i realized it had filled in a lot. so for me, keeping it in a ponytail, helped subside my pulling a LOT during those few months, then i was just so happy bout my hair being 4325235% better i left it down and did different things to it....in the past 2 months ive started pulling a little again but its sporadic and isnt doing any real harm.....good luck i hope i maybe helped or gave u some confidence.....oh and i never went to a psychologist for this problem and im doing great, a month ago i got my first haircut in a year abd a half. -courtney:)
    blondiecbm2005 1 Replies
    • January 1, 2007
    • 03:28 PM
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  • I have trichotillomania. For the past 7 years, actually. It started when I got my contact lenses, and was almost an OCD kind of thing-- I pulled out eyelashes because they were too curly, and nested with the others...That of course moved on to eyebrows and armhair... I have no idea what to do about how to fix it, but I do know that there are more people with it than we think, and general therapy is supposed to be a reccomended treatment.I wish you well, and I hope that you find someone to help.If you need to talk, I don't have all the answers, but I am willing to listen.email: exakt8117@hotmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 08:18 PM
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