(Closed) trichotillomania

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

In periods of extreme stress I have a tendency to pull out my eyelashes. Have since I was a kid. It’s not uncommon for my husband to threaten to duct tape mittens to my hands.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

nope. But  I knew a kid who did that..wth tape.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ll pull the hair out on my arms, but never my purdy head! On the arms, I zone out and look for double-hairs growing out of the same follicle, and can go about this for long stretches at a time. It’s really weirdly absorbing.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I was thinking about making a post like this because in the last week or two I’ve realized that I have a minor form of trich. My problem is my eyebrows, I am constantly plucking them. I realize it’s a minor case, and I know that I am lucky that it’s minor.

It’s something that close family and friends have teased me about for a few years. I started to realize that it’s not just a “thing” and it’s a condition. It’s definitely a form of OCD and I know how much worse it could be. It still really sucks, because I have the urge several times a day to do it (at work a lot) and sometimes I do and it’s embarassing.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Not to the point of extreme thinning hair / bald patches. So in the medical sense, no.

But I do pull from my crown / top of my scalp daily (and it does get thinner). It doesn’t hurt anymore. It’s just normal. I also have an obsession with my leg hair and intimate areas, I managed to pluck with tweezers the whole of my downstairs once (TMI, sorry) in a few hours, only meant to do the bikini.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@macbeth91512:  Yes, I have had it for over 20 years.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

No but I have dermatillomania which is obsessive skin scratching or picking, very closely related   To tric. Currently working out the best way to cover scars for wedding day. I find taking magnesium supplements helps as it reduces anxiety,and therefore the scratching. I feel for anyone with OCD related disorders, really know how much it can dominate your life. 

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have trichotillomania.

I am to be a Bridesmaid for the first time soon and have been so busy with school work and just the stress of trying to plan my best friends bachelorette party with little success as her other bm is extreamly domineering and realising I will have to be in photos forever, hasn’t helped me at all and I can honestly say that my trich is the worst it has ever been in my entire life this year. I just can’t stop pulling and am now wearing clip-in hair and head scarves/bands every fricking day!

I’m very happy for the bride but I feel totally removed from everything she has planned- she’s got different dresses for us and the other bm made me feel so guilty that mine cost alot more than hers did- even though the bride insited on paying and said i could fix her up with half the money later. I have a vague idea of what’s going on from the bits and pieces the bride has told me, but i’m not the kinda person to call her constantly desperate to know what she has decided. And honestly she’s never been the wedding type either and her wedding is quite low-key. I whish I could but i’ve just never been that interested in weddings. I have a pinterest with stuff I find pretty for weddings in it, but as far as my wedding goes, i haven’t done any planning and i’m not in a hurry to either. I don’t even want to think about what a weddding might do to my head. The other bm has been to countless weddings and been a bm several times. The bride refused to have a Maid/Matron of Honor, when i joked with her at the begining of the year that i would do it she said she wasn’t having one, but the other bm has definately decided thats her position. They are related and I know they’re quite close but also very very diff. I have been the best friend for about 15 years and am just disapointed that this was my only chance to do something like this for anyone and I was totally usurped. i’m not close enough with any of my other unmarried friends to have such a role- unless they wanted a bajillion bridesmaids.

Lately the other bm has been posting pics of how we should have our hair done and it’s just making me feel ill. I haven’t been to a hair dresser in over 6 years since my trich came back and the designs she is putting up would be impossible for me- even with the clip in hair pieces. i know she’s not doing it to hurt me, i’m not sure if she even knows. She’s a really nice person, i’m just not used to being steam-rolled unintentionally. Another friend told me not to take it all so personally, that the bride prob values hanging out with me and not having to talk about the wedding constantly and that the other bm is in a better position to offer advice and I know its true. I don’t want to just grin and bare it – i want to smile and enjoy their wedding. Perhaps i should have said ‘no’, but that would have crushed her, people would have found it weird and i know I would regret it forever. There’s not much I can do no except find a nice head scarf for the day and try not to get too drunk. 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I do it to my legs, but not anywhere else. I’ll pick ingrown hairs till they bleed =(

I never wear shorts or skirts for that reason. I am hugely embaressed by it and SO has never seen me do it. He just knows I’ll go “read” in the tub.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@GinginT:  I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time with this.  Does the bride know?  Maybe you can talk to her so she knows how you’re feeling.  It seems that your trich is getting out of control, are you willing to see someone for help?  I hope it gets better for you.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Yes, I have had trichotillomania for almost 25 years. It’s gotten much more manageable. I don’t pull the hair on my head hardly ever anymore. I do tweezers on my bikini line, but that just seems useful to me, lol.

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