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Re: obsessive picking at hair

Re: obsessive picking at hair

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Posted by Wendy on December 01, 2000 at 03:39:21:

In Reply to: Re: obsessive picking at hair posted by mags on November 10, 2000 at 03:51:12:

: : : : My 14 year old daughter has a very obsessive behavior of picking and breaking off her hair. Has anyone ever heard of this and how can we help her, she is breaking off her hair so that it is only 1 1/2 inches long on top, she cannot stop. It is also hurting her in school because all she can concentrate on is pulling at her hair,

: : : My niece picked at her hair so long and so obsessively that at 3 years old, she had no hair. The Doctors told my sister that it was a 'nervous tic' habit similar to nail biting. It can also be stress related in older children, snd if this may be the case, you might want to try and determine the point of stress. Is it school related? In most cases it

: : it may be a disorder, in the newest issue of JUMP magazine with Natalie Portman their is an article on a girl coping with a disorder, manic compulsive, who pulls out her eyebrows and eyelashes. u should try to find that issue and check the article out.
: : morgan2004

: : wait heres the magazine... obsessive compulsive disorder and trichotillomania. although she struggles with it with medication and therapy she can help control the URGE. it gives a book title "Getting Control: overcoming your obsessions and compulsions" by Lee Baer, Phd. (Plume 2000). your daughter may not have this disorder but its worth looking into.
: : morgan2004

: I happened upon this site, and could not help but jump into your conversation. I am a 20 year old female who suffers from trichotillomania. I have struggled withit since I was about 12. I have very few eyebrows, and my eyelashes come and go. I would be very interested to know if you have come across any possible treatments for this. Doctors have been able to tell me nothing. Thank you.

I suffer from trichotillomania as well. I am a 22 year old wife and mother. I have had this problem since I was like 8 years old. I am beginning to come to terms that I may wear a wig for the rest of my life. But I still hope that one day there will be a cure, or at least a minimizer for all of us who suffer from this terrible ordeal. It just breaks my heart to see my three year old pick at his hair,(not pulling) as I once did. I really don't know if it is hereditary, but for his sake I hope not. I started out by just having the urge to pull when I was upset, and then I only pulled from the crown of my head. Now I pull it all. I have no hair at all on the top of my head, and it just keeps going further and further down. I am having alot of problems in my marriage, and that only makes the pulling worse. I often ask myself why my husband has never said or commented on his "semi-bald" wife. But I often think and wonder why he stays with me when he could have someone normal as a wife. I would like to hear from all of you who suffer from this. We should stick together and maybe some way we can overcome this terrible thing. Thanks for listening to my story.

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