Trichotillomania – My self esteem just went down the drain! NWR

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Busy bee

So sorry to hear this. I’d suggest buying a spinner ring from eBay or etsy. I havent tested it myself but I know that others find them really useful for keeping hands busy. Also, it’s really important to determine what triggered this episode so that you can avoid it or overcome it next time. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have a friend who struggles with this along with OCD.  She is on an anti-depressant which helps a lot.  Have you spoken to a doctor about this?  They might be able to help.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@xoxocheri:  Wow, no offense to your doc, but it really sounds like this is affecting your daily life.  I think you should speak to him again or maybe see a psychiatrist.

I don’t mean to push you on this, but my friend was *miserable* for years before finally getting the right treatment and meds she needed and now she’s *so* much healthier emotionally.  I hope you’re able to find some help too.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this.  I have a minor form of Trich (except with my eyebrows) and it sucks.  The spinner ring was a great suggestion, I may try it myself.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@xoxocheri:  go talk to a counselor or a psychologist – even if its just once or twice, it could TOTALLY help! Why not, there’s definitely no harm!! I’ve heard great reviews off of hypnotherapy also for this type of stuff – but youd best be sure to find someone reputable in your area, there’s some shady ducks out there!!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

just giving hugs- i never pulled my eye lashes but when i was stressed i would tweeze the hell out of my brows- i started brow tinting and using serums to make them grow back

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Did you speak to a psychiatrist or a medical doctor? If it is bothering you, it is worth doing something about. Just because someone on the outside doesn’t see it as seriously impacting your life doesn’t mean it’s not. A doctor should not just say it’s fine.

I have OCD and used to pick at my skin a lot (dermatillomania). I’d have scabs all over my scalp and shoulders. Now my shoulders are splotchy looking because of all the scars. I had a lot of other problems as well so I’d been in therapy and on meds for a long time. Eventually the urges to pick went away. But I know how you feel. My parents would always have to tell me to stop picking on myself because I wouldn’t notice I was doing it. Even when I did notice, I couldn’t stop myself.

I think you should look into starting therapy. There may be things that are bothering you that you just aren’t aware of. Having a good therapist to talk to can really help. I’d say that is really what helped me most (more than meds). Learning how to identify your feelings and work through them, instead of them sitting below the surface and resulting in the picking, is very helpful.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I used to do this. Meds won’t help. It’s aboutcontrol or lack thereof. I’ve posted before that I suffer from extreme OCD. The only thing that worked for me was to find something else to obsess about. I began pulling apart yarn. Eventually I no longer felt the need to do any of it. I would try talking to a counselor who specializes in anxiety disorders. The average therapist isn’t trained to deal with high anxiety ppl and just dismiss it with a prescription. I hope that you find relief.

Also throw away your tweezers. It also helps to grow your nails terribly long so that you can’t pick anything out. I truly do empathize as I did this for the better part of 15 yrs.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I know nothing about Trich nor do I know anybody with this condition but I do have OCD so I can feel your suffering. Have you thought about wearing False Lashes? That way you are aware of touching your lashes when you are subconsiously plucking away. Maybe that will remind you that you are doing that to yourself so you can focus your need to do that on something else- like the spinner ring the bees have mentioned. Best of luck!!!!

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