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How are Depression and Hair Pulling Disorders Linked?
Hair pulling can be the result of depression and it can also lead to depression!
It’s a double whammy for a lot of us.
Depression leads to hair pulling because it’s a coping mechanism.
Hair pulling leads to depression because we hate ourselves for doing it.
Here’s what Anxiety.org had to say after their study using 90 adults with trichotillomania,
Depression and Trichotillomania: It’s A Cycle
Hair pulling certainly can lead to depressive thoughts because of the condemning feelings I have afterwards.
I feel like an ugly failure and that makes me so depressed.
I will do so well for so long and then I get depressed, stop caring and start pulling.
Depression and trichotillomania to me are a vicious cycle of condemnation.
Depression sort of has this cause and affect role.
I get depressed so I pull.
I pulled now I’m depressed.
I have had depression on and off most of my life.
I’m in a lot of support groups on Facebook for Trich and I can see it’s a common denominator for a lot of us.
Life is hard.
I get depressed AF sometimes.
I hide it from most people, I think a lot of us do?
This year has been so hard on me that digging myself out of this depression has been so hard.
I lost my business so quickly and honestly it doesn’t really look like it’s coming back from this view.
A landslide took it down.
It is a depressing scene.
You know that saying, “money can’t buy happiness.”
That’s not true for everyone.
I was super happy with money. Depression in my life was at an all time low.
I enjoyed being able to give and provide, it was so awesome. I was happy.
I think if we’re all honest, we would say that money helps quality of life and that relates to happiness in a lot of areas.
It’s less stress when things are going well.
I get depressed when things are headed down in my life.
I may not always show it outwardly but I get totally depressed ant that depression leads me to spiral into hair pulling.
I stop caring about myself.
I stop caring if I take my supplements.
I stop caring if I wear my Keen bracelets.
I stop caring if I eat well.
I just stop caring.
It’s when I stop caring that I start pulling.
Then I hate myself for pulling and get more depressed.
I am able to overcome trichotillomania, I know the things I need to do to stop.
I just need care about myself again to start doing those things.
Making Positive Changes
Found a Jesus Centered Church
I’ve recently changed churches and that alone really brightened up my life.
I found a place where every song, every message, everything is about Jesus.
I’ve got my eyes back on Jesus, the One that paid for me to be free from this hair pulling disorder and depression.
It’s really been a source of joy lately for me and I needed that.
I feel a fire burning again after it being so dim and dark for months.
I have made a habit of forgiving myself.
I tend to get so down on myself for mistakes I make.
I started thinking how I would never talk to someone else the way I have been talking to myself and why was I doing that?
I wasn’t forgiving myself the way I would anyone else.
I was watching a sermon one morning when it hit me like a ton of bricks….
I don’t forgive myself.
I condemn myself so much who needs the devil as an enemy?
That has to stop. I can’t beat myself up.
Forgive myself for the stupid mistakes I have made and move on.
Jesus already paid for that.
I started taking CBD oil awhile ago and that has helped improve my mood and sleep.
With an improvement in mood and better rest, I’ve been more motivated to do the things I know I need to do to stop hair pulling.
oh yes… and Keen is sending me new colored bands for them THIS WEEK, that was a HUGE motivator to start wearing them again!
I’m not out of this depression and trichotillomania spiral but I’m making positive changes and moving forward.