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My Trichotillomania

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  • Posted By: Sharmayla
  • July 30, 2009
  • 01:13 PM

Hi. I've had trichotillomania for the past 42 years. I've been to counseling for the past 30 years, so I guess it is a lifelong problem. I somehow managed to quit for 3 or 4 years about 20 years ago, but then it came back. The reason I'm writing now is that for some reason, it's really out of control this morning. I can barely stop long enough to type. I don't like to type with one hand. Can someone tell me what I can do RIGHT NOW to stop myself? I keep trying to stop, but I can't. Thank you... Sharmayla

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  • Hi blaze! Thanks for responding. Wow - that was very interesting about the electro-hypersensitivity! But the only things around us (I believe) are your typical telephone polls. But I do have a problem with flourescent lighting. I have to go to a walk-in clinic once a month, and they have flourescent lighting, and it drives me crazy! I feel all dizzy and my vision gets weird, just like in that article. The only flourescent lighting we have at home is above our kitchen sink. The article also mentioned computers. Could I be sensitive to our computer?? I love my computer! But this all started when I was about 10 years old, as a coping mechanism, due to an extremely stressful childhood. My mom was schizophrenic and my dad was a rageaholic alcoholic (he was much much scarier than my mom.) I apparently couldn't cope, so I started pulling my hair out.Well, this morning, I was finally able to stop at least for a little while. I ate a big fat sandwich, which I had to hold in both hands, so that helped! Then I sat down and cut out coupons for my shopping trip tonite. Now I have to find something else to do. Typing really helps, because I have to use both hands! I'm thinking of baking a cake. I love to bake. Then I'll need to wash dishes and fix dinner, so hopefully I'll be too busy to sit around and destroy myself!Do you suffer from OCD too?
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  • I've battled with it since I was in my teens. I don't think I've ever really stopped. I have changed from pulling the hair on my head to pulling my beard hair. Very very hard to stop. I have the classic pull the hair and touch the follicle to the lips behaviour. Have no idea why.... I think my spouse is the only person I have confided this to.interesting about the sensitivity.... I grew up a few houses away from powerlines
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  • Hi! I know. It's so hard to stop. I feel like I'm going crazy when I can't stop. I forgot to mention in my last post, that when I try to force myself to stop, if I'm doing something with one hand, I'll hold something in my other hand. Or if both hands are empty, I'll hold something in each hand, or wear gloves. But it's like that therapy - I forget what you call it - where they force you to confront your fears? It's like I'm forcing myself to deal with whatever is making me do it, and I'll feel like a charge of electricity go through me, and I'll shake or buzz or something. It's hard to explain, but it's very stressful when I try to force myself to stop.Do you think keeping your beard shaved might help?I've battled with it since I was in my teens. I don't think I've ever really stopped. I have changed from pulling the hair on my head to pulling my beard hair. Very very hard to stop. I have the classic pull the hair and touch the follicle to the lips behaviour. Have no idea why.... I think my spouse is the only person I have confided this to.interesting about the sensitivity.... I grew up a few houses away from powerlines
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  • Dont you think that you should take psychological help and treatment,which is available for trichotillomania?
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  • Hi. I've been getting psychological help for the past 30 years. I take meds for generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and PTSD. I've tried many many different meds over the years. My doctor says it's a lifelong and cyclical affliction. It gets worse during stress. I have a lot of stress in my life with 2 adult schizophrenic sons living with us. I've had many traumas and losses in my life as well.Dont you think that you should take psychological help and treatment,which is available for trichotillomania?
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  • I've read that there is not much that can be done for this problem. I'm able to control mine in public places but when I'm alone... look out!!!! As far as the shaving thing goes...I shave each morning but within a couple hours I can get ahold of some facial hair.It's so strange.....you just have no idea why you do it..... odd
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2009
    • 10:06 PM
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  • I'm glad you didn't take offense at my suggestion. I thought maybe you were keeping your beard long.I'm exactly the same - I can control it in public, but not when I'm alone. Isn't that strange and frustrating? A therapist commented on that once. She said "You're not doing it now." If we can control it in public, then why can't we control it when we're alone?!
    Sharmayla 5 Replies
    • August 11, 2009
    • 10:58 AM
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  • I'm glad you didn't take offense at my suggestion. I thought maybe you were keeping your beard long.I'm exactly the same - I can control it in public, but not when I'm alone. Isn't that strange and frustrating? A therapist commented on that once. She said "You're not doing it now." If we can control it in public, then why can't we control it when we're alone?!it's so easy to say isn't it? I think that part of the reason that I can control it in public is because there are many distractions when I'm around people. It's the quiet times where I'm most at risk. One thing I found interesting is that I get the same feeling (satisfaction?) if I sit on the lawn and pull grass blades.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2009
    • 01:51 PM
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  • Me too!! Maybe when we get the urge, we should go be around other people and/or sit and pull grass blades!it's so easy to say isn't it? I think that part of the reason that I can control it in public is because there are many distractions when I'm around people. It's the quiet times where I'm most at risk. One thing I found interesting is that I get the same feeling (satisfaction?) if I sit on the lawn and pull grass blades.
    Sharmayla 5 Replies
    • August 11, 2009
    • 11:31 PM
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