I developed trich when I was 10-11 years old. I had plucked myself bald by the middle of 5th grade. my hair didn't completely grow back until 8th grade.
Is there anyone out there who has this disorder, too? I have only met one person in my life who's had it. I'd like to know if anyone on here does, or even if anyone here knows a person who has it. How do you cope? Do you have any tricks or ideas that you use to keep yourself from pulling your hair out when the urges show up?
I've tried explaining this to my mother, but she doesn't understand. I almost wonder if she refuses to understand. She'll only ask why on earth would I want to pull my hair out? It's the hardest thing to explain to someone that it's an urge you can't control. It's the same premise as drug addiction, if you think about it. You know it's destructive, you know it's affecting your life negatively, but it is very, very difficult to manage and you have no control over when the urges will pop up.
Anything that anyone could post to help me feel like I'm not alone would be priceless to me. After 12 years of silence and suffering, I want to reach out for support....