Trichotillomania

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by ~Claire, Aug 29, 2008.

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  1. ~Claire

    ~Claire Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else view this as a form of sh?

    I have pulled out my hair for years, it started as a bad habit when I was looking for split ends. Over time though it has got a lot worse, I do it all the time but more so when I am nervous or stressed.

    My therapist says it's called Trichotillomania (? sp) & that it is a form of self harm but I don't know if I agree with her. To me self harm has always been about cutting myself & I thought I was doing well by not cutting in a while.

    Now I'm just confused :huh:
     
  2. xXWhateverItTakesXx

    xXWhateverItTakesXx Forum Buddy

    If you are doing anything to hurt yourself on purpose then I would say it is SH :unsure:
     
  3. purplefizz

    purplefizz Senior Member

    It could be self harm. I've always thought it was more of a compulsive behavior though, like a form of OCD.
     
  4. Austere Night

    Austere Night Well-Known Member

    It can be OCD or SH. I know I've had a bad habit of biting my arms in the same situations.
     
  5. ~Claire

    ~Claire Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'd say it's more a compulsive behaviour. Can't get my head round it being self harm.
     
  6. Anju

    Anju Well-Known Member

    I wouldn'd class anything as self harm unless the intent is to cause yourself harm...clue's in the name :laugh: I would agree it's more a compulsive behaviour.
     
  7. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    i pull my hair out a lot

    to me its not self harm when i do it
    but i dont know the situation of how you do it and stuff.

    :dunno: sorry hun :hug:
     
  8. ~Claire

    ~Claire Well-Known Member

    :eek:hmy:

    Yikes, I have bald patches on my head!

    To me, it's compulsive. I don't do it to hurt myself. I do it all the time though, I even do it without realising.

    I don't know if I can stop but I sure as hell don't wanna have bald patches :sad:
     
  9. Colourful

    Colourful Well-Known Member

    ^ if you're not doing it to hurt yourself then i wouldn't say it's classified as self-harm..

    My dad used to do that when he was younger, anytime he was nervous..i dunno how he stoipped though :S i kind of did that for a lil bit, but it wasnt like really compulsive - though i did get a lil patch lol

    i used to just like the feeling.. =S
     
  10. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni


    heya hun

    i dont have any bald patches but i have hair that is in awful condition.

    my thing is to twist my hair around my fingers, putting knots into it and then pulling them out. a lot of the time i dont know im doing it.

    i also pull my eyelashes out too :hiding:
     
  11. Hurted

    Hurted Well-Known Member

    Why are you doing it?
    Because you like pain, or only because you are nervous?

    In first case its self injury, in second it isnt.

    :hug:
     
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