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Old 03-20-2007, 06:57 PM   #1
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I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

I pull out my eyebrow hair out of stress... I've been doing that for months... I try to stop but sometimes I do it without thinking, like it's just a habit. Do you have any suggestions on how to stop?

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Old 03-21-2007, 06:52 AM   #2
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

Hi Aqua, I'll bet you have some anxiety that you need to deal with. Have you been in therapy for your anxiety? I have overcome anxiety through counseling.

 
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Old 04-21-2007, 05:26 PM   #3
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

Wow, that's very strange, I thought I was the only one that did that. I'll pull out my eyebrows and eyelashes all the time. Someone said once that it was trich, though trich for me still makes me think of actual head-hair, not jsut facial hair. But then again, I've gone weeks with giant gaps in my hair and eyebrows.

I do it when I'm stressed or bored, but I know I shouldn't - besides being bad for my body, it makes me look strange as well, with huge chunks missing from eyebrows or eyelashes.

For me, whenever I catch myself doing it, I try to just do something else entirely - read a book, go outside, something to make me forget what I was stressing over or distract me from the urge to pull my hair.

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Old 04-22-2007, 07:46 AM   #4
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

Vincera, do you think that you have a problem with anxiety?

 
Old 04-23-2007, 01:48 PM   #5
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You have trichotillomania. It is a very misunderstood disorder. It is not all about pulling head hair. In fact, many suffering from this disease are doing exactly what you are doing: pulling eyebrows, eyelashes, leg hair, pubic hair, etc.

I should know, I've been living with this disorder my entire life. You can be treated with meds. I urge you to discuss this with your doctor. Behavior modification isn't always successful for those suffering from trich.

 
Old 05-06-2007, 10:03 AM   #6
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

I've picked at my hair since I was about 12 years old (I'm 43 now). Started with pulling out my scalp hair - had a huge bald spot. Try going through that in jr high and high school. I also started picking out my eyelashes and eyebrows to the point where there wasn't anything left to pick at. I also had other "rituals" that I felt required to do, although the picking was the most obvious. Parents never took me to the dr because that would mean something might be "wrong" with their little girl and we can't have that, now can we?

When I was about 16 or 17, I discovered beads - little tiny seed beads. I'd mix them all together, sort them with a fine needle, and then mix them together again. Found it had a similar soothing "picking" effect. Also found relief through peeling paint and wallpaper, tearing small bits of paper, anything small, nitpicky and requiring detailed finger work. Guess I stumbled upon do-it-yourself CBT.

To this day, I still find it relaxing to sort things, put stuff in order, etc. It doesn't have to be clean, but it has to be organized, dagnabbit! There are piles of stuff all over the house, but I know what's in each and every pile and can tell you exactly where a specific document or item is (which pile and how far down in that pile). I'm also a packrat married to another packrat, which doesn't help any.

Even as an adult, I've never told the drs or counselors about this (too embarassed). While I no longer pick out my scalp hair, I still pick at my eyebrows and eyelashes when anxious, although to a lesser degree than before. Split ends are the source of a lot of "fun". I've also always bitten my nails, picked at dead skin, cuticles, scabs, any kind of defect on my skin and scalp, but not to the point of keeping something from healing for months.

I realize this is all part of my OCD. Drs have put me on Elavil and Prozac at different times for other problems. Since I tend to be hypersensitive to medication, the side effects were worse than the original problem, so I stopped.

To be honest, I think it's at the point now where I'm willing to live with it.

 
Old 05-24-2007, 03:24 PM   #7
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

How long does it take for eyelashes to grow back full length? And would staying occupied help as well?

 
Old 05-30-2007, 11:35 PM   #8
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new to the site, not new to trich.... have pulled eyebrow hairs for 8 years and have almost controlled the nasty habit... but my eyebrows haven't grown in as thick as they used to be, so I went ahead and got "permanent make-up".

It began as an anxiety habit, then into a habit. Not sure if it's "hereditary" but my oldest daughter pulls her eyelashes and parts of her head hair. My middle child, doesn't have the nasty habit, but my youngest (a year and a half old) is showing signs of it (pulling at his eyelashes when he's tired).

I believe it's an ocd - anxiety issue that's "fairly new". In the years I've been doing it, I've only met one other person that suffers from it. A couple years ago there was nearly nothing to "******", but now there's sites like this and others with info and support...

 
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:39 AM   #9
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:45 PM   #10
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I have trichotillomania too- I have for years. When I was 13 I pulled all my eyebrow hair out & I now have to pencil them in- they look good & you can't tell unless I wipe them off. I pull my head hair out all the time. I have two main spots that I pull from. I have to wear my hair up because if I let it out it sits funny. I used to have beautiful hair but I got sick of everyone telling me so I went & cut it off & started pulling strands out. I hate doing it because I do love my hair but I don't know I'm doing it most of the time- until I have a pile of hair next to me. But it feels good doing it- I can feel the strand its self & I'll know if it will feel good on the way out. I'm not satisfied with the pull unless the root has come out. I have OCD & PTSD & I know this is what's causing it. I was on Xanax until a week ago when my bf took me off because I became addicted. I need help because I can't seem to stop. Should I wear gloves?
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:05 AM   #11
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

gosh Im happy i stumbled across this! I also pull my eyebrow hairs out. I've been doing this for at least 8-10years. i'll find myself doing it and not even noticing and the next thing I know I have a blad spot on my eyebrow! I've been trying to stop, but i've had no luck. I'll stop for a few days, or just work on different spots of the eyebrow trying not cause a bald spot.

I find comfort in doing this as well. What an odd condition.

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Old 06-07-2007, 05:10 PM   #12
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

Right off the bat I am a cutter and don't suffer from trichotillomania. I was curious though so I did a bit of research
- Classified as a impulse control disorder
- French physician noted it in 1889
- majority of suffers are female 65%
- classified in the same category with nail biting and skin picking
- same category as kleptomania, pyromania and pathological gambling
- less than 5% of the worlds population suffer from it, number may be higher due to the stigma related to it and the number of people reporting it
- treatment - is concentrating on the feelings and stress levels before the event and to replace the movement with an another muscular movement (flicking your finger for example)
- considered a chronic problem with no known cure but can be brought under control
- antidepressants have shown promise for treatment but can not be proven
- trichotillomania learning center is one of the main facilities

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Old 06-07-2007, 07:30 PM   #13
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trg247- I'm a recovering cutter. I suggest getting a boxing bag- I thought it was stupid at first but I haven't cut in 9 months Just make sure you punch without gloves- you'll need to feel the real impact.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:42 PM   #14
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

i just started anti-depressants we'll see if it does anything.

 
Old 06-07-2007, 08:51 PM   #15
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Re: I pull out my eyebrow hair and I'm having trouble stopping

I have not cut for some time now but frequent this part of the boards to see if I can be of any help. Thanks for the idea though

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