I Started This Blog Because I Am People Who Have Trichotillomania Like Me!
I started this blog because I want a place to talk about Trichotillomania.
I want a place to find people who have Trichotillomania and who relate to me.
This is a habit (if you could call it that) I’ve had since I was a kid.
It went away for awhile or at least I curbed it somehow but I remember about 4 years ago (2012) was when I noticed I couldn’t stop pulling out my hair.
I remember going to the computer and thinking, I should “Google this”
I think I typed in something like “can’t stop pulling my hair”
and WHOA!!… that’s when I found out that I had Trichotillomania!!
I didn’t even realize it was a thing until that very moment.
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Some days, not a waking moment goes by where I don’t think about touching my hair.
I have one area in the front that I can’t stop twirling, twisting and pulling
Then there’s the back of my ear and neck that have all those thicker, coarse hairs, I love pulling those out.
I hide most of my shorter hair areas with hair clips..
I would have the world’s largest collection of hair clips if I didn’t constantly fidget with them and lose them.
One way I keep from pulling on that piece of my hair is by clipping it back, but then I find I can’t stop touching the clips, but they do help!
I put the clips in and take them out, sometimes 20 times in a matter of 10 minutes.
I call them hair fidgets.
Drives my husband bonkers….
I also pull my hair up in a lot of crazy ways just to hide the patchy areas.
Headbands help me cover the short areas up front and also keep my hair hidden from my busy hands.
Pulling my hair in braids really helps because I find I don’t want to undo all that work I did.
I have an ever expanding collection of fidget toys that I use to keep my hands busy.
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So why am I writing all this?
I don’t know.
It’s a blog right?
I just wanted a place to talk about what its like to having a hair pulling disorder and discuss the different ways I’m overcoming it.
I’m curious who else has the same hair pulling habit as me?
I want to know how do you stop?
How long have you had it?
Do you know what caused it?
How did you notice it?
How does it affect you?
I could really go on and on and I just want to ramble out all my thoughts at the moment.
It’s a blog, right?
Looking for People with Trichotillomania Too?
There are trichotillomania support groups online and I’ve found these groups to be a big help.
Be careful, some of them can have negative things happening (because emotions can run high with this disorder), but for the most part, it’s just nice to know I’m not alone and be a part of the different communities.
I’m just looking to be around others, learn from them and find the solution that works best for me.
Without these support groups I wouldn’t have found all sorts of cool products and things that have been helping.
I started a private Facebook group with a wonderful woman named, Mai Mai (who has overcome trichotillomania for 14 years).
I found her in another group and we hit it off immediately because of our love for Jesus.
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PSSS…I have other related behaviors too, things like thumbsucking, nail biting, booger picking and chewing the inside of cheek, how about you?
Hi Lesley. I have this too. I’ve been taping/hitting the crown of my head for years. I’ve always just told people that my scalp was super itchy so they would stop asking questions. I do it every time. when I’m stressed, or bored, or just watching TV. I’m now looking for ways to stop since it has really affected my hair. I cut my hair short and wear it natural now. But the crown is still waaaayyyyyyyyy shorter than the rest of the hair.
Than you so much for commenting, I really appreciate that. Sometimes I feel like I’m just talking to myself LOL Which is okay, I mean I am just trying to talk myself through this and find a solution to stop as well. My hair is really short near the crown but only on one-side. It’s like my left hand can’t stop going for that part of my head. I do notice it’s especially bad if I’m just lying in bed. That’s the worse place to be for me, in bed without anything to do.. I am actually thinking of going to someone this week that I know from church who cuts hair and asking her if there is anything she can do to blend in this side of my hair. I know its just a quick-fix to hide it but at least I can feel normal for awhile.
Thanks again for commenting, means the world to me!!