I hate you, trichotillomania

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by Celebrated Thing, May 7, 2009.

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  1. Celebrated Thing

    Celebrated Thing Well-Known Member

    This is more of a vent than anything, just get so pissed about it. Its finals this week and have had a lot of stress and I completely caved in and pulled a lot lately. Now I have all these bald patches and have grossed out everyone I know. So mad, Im just scared that I damaged tissue or will get an infection or something awful like that. Now I have to wait and see if it will grow back normally or even grow back at all. I have done it a long time, just really hope the hair grows back. I hate that I pull, Im so afraid and embarassed. School always triggers me which makes me hate school even more than I do, just so frustrated with all of it.
  2. ~Claire

    ~Claire Well-Known Member


    I can relate to how you feel honey. I pull my hair out too, hadn't done it for months & my bald bits were slowly growing back in. Recently I've been doing it again, without realising I'm doing it.

    Wish I had some tips to help you stop. Do you have any other coping mechanisms for when you are stressed or anxious?

  3. wheresmysheep

    wheresmysheep Staff Alumni

    dont worry, from my experience it does grow back. depending on where it is you could try cover it? wear hats and head bands?
    it is a horrible thing to live with. i currrently have no eyelashes and i'm going for an eye test on friday and i'm scared. about what they will say what comments etc. but you can try hide it, it is doable
  4. Celebrated Thing

    Celebrated Thing Well-Known Member

    Thank you both, wheresmysheep and Claire 83. Both of you give me hope:) Im just so scared and embarassed by it. I wish I had it under control. I do it without realizing too, I panic when I realize Im doing it, I hate having to then check the damage. I just really hope it grows back and I hope both of yours come back quickly too.
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  5. thedeafmusician

    thedeafmusician Staff Alumni

    it grows back, it just takes a while. in the meantime, try covering it with a hat, or if you have long hair, tie it to cover the worst bits.

  6. Celebrated Thing

    Celebrated Thing Well-Known Member

    Thank you, thedeafmusician, I will have to try that. I do have one really cool hat I havent worn in a while, good timing I guess.
  7. Rachel123

    Rachel123 Well-Known Member

    Like everyone else said..... It definately grows back. I know how you feel. I am also a hair puller.
    Are you female? I usually pull from the crown so I'm able to throw my hair up in a pony tail in order to cover it. You could do the same. :)
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