Trichotillomania - The disease of pulling your hair out

When most people talk about "pulling out their own hair" they use the phrase figuratively. We've all done it; when we get frustrated with the computer for example, we will later describe the problem saying it "had me pulling my hair out". But trichotillomannia (or "trich" as it is commonly known) is not a figurative disease, it is literally a disease where the sufferer will pull their own hair or eyelashes out. Trichotillomania affects about 2 people in every 100, and though it is little studied, for those who suffer from it, it can be a deeply embarrassing problem; after all, nobody likes to have great clumps of hear missing from their head, and a full head of hair is, like it or not, one of the things people will notice about your appearance. Women are considered more attractive if they have long shiny locks of hair, and men are considered more virile if they have a good head of healthy hair. Like many behavioral diseases that are triggered by depression or emotional upset, people who don't suffer from it simply don't understand why someone would pompulsively pull out their own hair, and will often look down on those who do suffer from trich. Lets look at the disease; what causes it and what can cure it.

Trich; anxiety and depression

Like any disease, this one has milder and more severe cases. Mild sufferers pull out a hair or two when their symptoms are triggered, and you probably wouldn't notice them ore be able to pick them out from the average person walking down the street. But more severe cases of trich can result in ripping out large clumps of hair that leave you with bald patches, or plucking out all your eyelashes. Some sufferers even end up eating the hair that they have pulled out; which simply leads to more problems as their digestive tract takes a beating as well.

Trich is largely thought of as an anxiety related disorder and can be a symptom of depression. It is, in some ways a form of obsessive compulsive disorder as well, and as is common with diseases that are triggered by anxiety and stress, tends to work in a vicious circle - stress causes you to pull your hair out and the fact that you pull your hair out causes you stress. It's easy to say, just relax, but we all know in our modern world, relaxing can be tricky. It can also be very difficult for friends and family to relate to a trich sufferer and often people might just say "stop pulling"; but it isn't that simple and that's really not helpful to someone who can't stop it. You might as well tell someone to stop breathing.

What works for treating trichotillomania

The usual treatments for trich take the form of medication or counselling. Medication can be prescribed by your doctor and will depend on your symptoms but some of the common drugs prescribed are Prozac, Paxil and Valium, essentially antidepressants. Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy have both been shown to work wonders in helping people stop pulling their hair out. Many people who have run through the gamut of western medicine with little or no help have turned to complementary medicine to try to address their trich, and Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Acupuncture all have reportedly helped many people with their trichotillomania. For an immediate topical relief if you are a puller though, try some aloe vera - it is very soothing to itchy scalps. Many people with more severe cases and large clumps of hair missing will also turn to a wig maker so that they at least don't have to suffer the stress of going out in public with large clumps of missing hair - that alone can reduce your anxiety levels tremendously

One of the keys to beating trich is forming a good support network - there are many forums on the internet that you can get on and chat with people who have the same problems and it can be very comforting just knowing that you aren't the only person in the world who is suffering. from the problem. There are lots of books available from Amazon that offer lots of good suggestions on how to understand and cope with trich specifically and also anxiety in general. Why not try a meditative CD?. It is important to learn what the triggers are for you that make you want to pull your hair out - and this is where a good hypnotherapist or psychologist can help you, because they can point you towards your triggers and help you find them more quickly. Once you know what makes you pull your hair out, you can start formulating ways of dealing with the urge. Habit reversal and stimulus conrol techniques as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are all areas worth exploring.

 Homeopathy and Aromatherapy can both help in keeping you calm and homeopathic remedies like Belladonna or Cuprum can help ease away anxiety and depression which will in turn help keep your hair pulling to a minimum. Acupuncture is such a vast subject that it could be a whole bunch of articles itself, but for trich and anxiety disorders in general, a good acupuncturist will find the imbalance in your body and bring it back to harmony so you don't want to pull your hair out anymore

As we can see, this is a very unpleasant disease, and one that really leaves embarrassing visible marks on the those suffering from it - huge clumps of hair missing from your head is not something any of us would want to suffer from. Anxiety and depression based disease are often the most difficult to treat because, unlike diseases caused by viruses for example, each case is unique and can't simply be cured by a pill or drug. Everyone hase their own unique triggers that will set them off on hair pulling, and when traditionaly antidepressants don't work, many trich sufferers seek counselling, hypnotherapy or try out complementary medicines like homeopathy or acupuncture to good effect. Many people also benefit amazingly well from simple relaxation CDs that are available online; just finding that moment of calm can be a life saver.

At the end of the day, finding out what works for you is the most important thing; everyone is different after all and what works as a remedy for one person may not work for another, so don't give up because there is a cure for your trichotillomania.

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deepestwisdom 7 years ago from England

Thanks for this hub - it's really helpful in spreading the word about trichotillomania.


Chelsea 7 years ago

i have this problem and cant seem to stop and what's real bad is i freakin eat it. i heard eating your hair causes you to have worms in your intestines.


Afraid. 6 years ago

Chealsea, Sadly. I Eat It Too, . Im Still WOndering What It Does To Your Insides, & Im Really Scared.- Ive Been Doing This Since The Age Of 5 , And Im Now 13 . 8 Years. It Makes Me Wonder What I Have Inside Of Me & If It Could Possibly Kill Me. At This Point, I Just Need Halp & Someone To Listen.


Melina 6 years ago

I used to pull out little bits of hair every now and then to calm me down, but have since quit. I'm about to turn fifteen though, and last night i basically blacked out. When i "woke up" my head hurt, when i looked in a mirror i could see that i had yanked out 1/6 of my hair. It's terrifying which just makes me pull more...


angela 6 years ago

im very surpised that im not the only one that pulls out their hair & nails. I guess I seem to have it all. its very frustrating not being able to stop, I try and try and can't do it.


john 5 years ago

shave your heads.


Moo 5 years ago

I am having this problem to. And it seems to get worse over time.


Anonymous 5 years ago

For all of you that eat your hair, hair does not digest in the human stomach, so it will never leave your system. The only way to get it out is to have it surgically removed.


Unknown 5 years ago

I don't know how it got started, but i pull out hair and like..eat the roots off. I feel like a sick person. And today at school my friend told me about this girl she knows who pulls out and eats her hair because of a disease she has. And that its so bad, she has to wear a hat to resist the temptation. Ive been doing this since I was about 6, and im 12 now. I haven't told anyone, and finding out i sort of have a disease wasn't easy..


mimi 5 years ago

no offense but it's good to know others deal with this too


trinibabe 5 years ago

I also have this most embarassing disease...i've been pulling ou my hair and eating the roots since i was 12 years...i am now 28 years....with a four month old daughter...i have been trying desperately to stop....but can't.....i need help!!!


Ashley 4 years ago

I can't stop pulling out my hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows for as long as i can remember. It's very frustrating and hard to stop, it is good to know other people are having this problem as well and i'm not the only one


lailani 4 years ago

I thought I wad the only person in the world that would pull and eat the roots of my hair ,in a way iam relief that iam not the only one,but I would do anything to quit It's a very bad habit


Jay 4 years ago

hello everyonee. i used to have this disease, but i simply jus pulled my hair out and nothing more. i had embarassing bald spots EVERYWHERE. i started when i was 10 but i stopped when i was 12. Im 14 now and my hair has fortunately grown back, but i do pull hair occassionally. what i did to help stop, was to wear a rubber band on my wrist, and everytime i had an urge to pull, i snap the rubberband and it worked! maybe if you try, it'll help you stop. (:


Jerry 4 years ago

I have this and I eat it too all the time I have two partly bald patches on the sides of my head. And I only go for the thick ones.


bailey 4 years ago

i am 13 AND CANT STOPPP I HAVE HAD TRICH FOR 2 YEARS HOPE IT ENDS SOON!


RAVI 4 years ago

am in the habit of plucking my hair ( on the head or even from mustache and sometime pubic hair too) and eat their root and after dat slowly bite and eat the hair plucked millimeter by millimeter. am i any depression. i cant think i am often sad for no reason . please advise friends


Shay 4 years ago

I am a 44 year old female and have been pulling my hair since I was 11. Nothing worked until now. I finally just shaved my head. It was the best thing I ever did. I was scared at first but after a while, everyone got used to my shaved head, afterall, your hair is not who you are. Hair means nothing in the big scheme of things. My friends and family all still love me. Anyway, I kept it shaved for a couple months until I felt the habit was broken.(I never even had an urge)Its as if my brain knew that there wasn't anything up there to pull, so why bother. I have since started to grow it back. It is now at prime pulling length and I still have not had one urge. My hair is the nicest its looked in 30 years. Shave your heads!! You won't die, I promise.


janessa 4 years ago

I am 12 years old and been pulling my hair sence 10 so i have my hair growing back but sometimes i would use a rubber band and nothing....Sometimes i wish i could stop because i know its not hurting any one else it only affects me.I just sit in my room and think about how preety i would look with long black silky beautiful hair.


lynn 4 years ago

I am also glad to hear some of comments, We will get the victory over this in Jesus name. Lord I come before you eith the problom we have please help us, help us stop doing this I am tierd of doing this I fill strange and like a freak sometimes and the more I try to stop the worse it gets. Please Lord take this away right now in the name of Jesus u care about every thing that concerns us, so Lord touch us all tonigh in Jesus name. Thank you all for yr openness about something that is so hard to talk about love you all in Jesus


abcd 4 years ago

No offense, but it does feel good to read all these comments and realize that I'm not the only one suffering from this problem. It started when I was 12 and I distinctly remember why it started too. I had such beautiful, straight black hair and there was one wavy strand which used to stick up and irritate me. I plucked it out and examined the root. It somehow fascinated me and I got hooked on to it. Pluck my hair, examine the root, play with the root part and discard the hair. It became so addictive, I just couldn't quit. My mom caught me pulling my hair one time and was super mad at me. She thought I'm crazy and made me promise I wouldn't do such weird things again. I tried my best to stop it and I did for a few weeks I guess, but the urge still persisted. It's been 10 years now since that happened and my hair has thinned drastically on the scalp. My hair which was once so beautiful and healthy looking, is lifeless now. I'm trying hard to overcome this and I hope I can :( I haven't ever discussed this with anyone else and typing this right now makes me feel like I've shed a heavy load off of my mind.

Thanks for your open comments. It really does make a difference to people like me who were in the dark, thinking that they are the only one with a weird habit!


princessbubblegum 4 years ago

i've been doing this since 3rd grade but never to my eyelashes and head hair.But to my eyebrow,arms,legs,stomache.i never had the urge for my scalp.which im definatley glad for. I never thought depression or anxiety would trigger it.I went a year without doing this but since highschool started and being in honors programs it got worse.But i guess im glad im starting normal classes next year.Sorry i cant stay on topic,but im also happy im not the only one dealing with this.it makes me feel a lot about about myself


anonymous 4 years ago

Hang in there guys. I know the frustration. Have OCD and Trichotillomania. Have since i was 4 or 5. Started with eyelashes then moved to eyebrows and now I am almost 37 and have been pulling head hair (and yes eating roots) since i turned 30. I have shaved it several times and as soon as it gets to a certain length or texture i pull it out again. Very frustrating and debilitating and i am sometimes house bound. BUT, I will not give up. I try to set a good example with my kids and it DOES help to share it with others..true friends and family will be surprisingly supportive and people who label you as weird have no room in your life. Good luck to you all and if anyone has anything that helps, please share. I am currently trying hypnotherapy..I will keep ya posted.


Marita 4 years ago

I straighten my hair everyday... In school I will have tons of hairs that are wavy which freaks me out, so I sit in school and pull out hairs and by the end of class will be covered in hair.. I used to have long beautiful hair and now it seems to be getting shorter. I don't have bald spots but I need help on how to stop! I'm in highschool and need to know what I can do to stop!! Please help me


88888 4 years ago

Does hair grow back with homeopathic treatment after you stop pulling hair


Debbie 4 years ago

I'm Debbie and I'm 19 years old. Like many of you I have the same problem, I pull my eyelashes out until they are all gone and I hate it. My eyes get sore and I'm terrified of going out and people seeing me with no eyelashes.


Marleneeee 4 years ago

Ive been pulling my hair out and eat the root for about 2 years now. Its very addictive and I cant stop! My family tends think Im crazy. I cant help but pull it out ; snd when I say "it" , its because any strand of hair with a strange texture , I have the urge to pull it out and eat the root without any hesitation. Im depressed by the fact that I have a disease that I cant control. I don't want to make it a big issue and have a doctor think Im insane. I don't know what to do. I have a slight bald spot on the top of my head.


elizabeth 4 years ago

I started doing this when I was about fifteen. I have done it on and off since then. I am now 31. I absolutely hate it, but it truly is a real thing and not something easily fixed. But I found a woman who had trichotillomania for many, many years and who finally learned how to cure herself. She now has a program to help all of us, who, like her suffer with this horrible disorder. Her name is Abbey Leora Rorher. I truly believe she is a Godsend. But she has done so much research on so many different people who suffer with trich and all of their similarities. And her findings are so interesting and I feel so true. We are all highly sensitive persons, moreso than others, and at one point suffered some sort of trauma emotionally, even if to someone else it wouldn't have phased them, and pulling out your hair soothes it. I am still trying to figure out what sort of traumatic experience I had to start this all for me. She says even such a thing as a childhood move could have triggered it to begin with, or a parent yelling. Check out her website. She is awesome and can help any of us. Everyone has their stryggles and trials in this life, but this is an awful one to overcome, but not impossible. I think learning as much as you can about it is a way to start getting over it and getting to the 'root' of the problem, to fix it permanently.


Real 4 years ago

I noticed a girl in my class had this in about 3rd grade and u always uses to do it but it wasn't serious. But in 5th grade I got my first bald patch and it really freaked me out so I tried to stop. I did stop and my grew back but I still pull it and eat it but not enough to get a bald patch again. I got this under control without any help and I'm lucky. My mom has depression... Is depression genetic??


ocdgurl 4 years ago

Hello All! I started pulling out the hair from my head when I was about 15 years old. I remember how it started. One day while I was sitting down in my house, I was rubbing my head or running my fingers through my hair when my fingers came across a hair that was hard, short and curly. It was located around the spot where everyone has that one little natural bald spot. I thought it was odd because my hair is straight and not hard like plastic.. I then ran my fingers back and forth on that spot determined to find that hair again. When I finally found it again, I tried grasping it with my fingers to pull it out to examine it. It was a bugger to get because of how tiny it was, but I managed to yank it out. I looked at it once I pulled it out and it was a small BLACK curly hard hair, shaped in a spiral like a spring. It was so strange. Everything about the hair. My hair was brown not black. Straight not curly. Soft not hard. Long not short.. But I have pulled this hair out of my head.

Well a couple of months later or so I was doing the same thing. Rubbing my head, when in the same spot, another hair had grew. I yanked it out right away and examined it. It was just like the last one.

This made me curious. I wanted to see if I could find other hairs like that in different areas on my head. I didn't find anymore like that but it didn't stop me from searching for more later on. Every so often, I would purposely search the area for another odd hair. It ended up being other parts of my head that I would search. It didn't have to be a hard,black spiral hair anymore. It was Any hair that was different from the majority. First I started pulling from the top.Even if there was a hard/ wavier hair I was aiming at, I would be pulling out others along with the hair I was aiming at because of them being so close to that particular hair. Soon enough I was left with a tiny bald patch on the top of my head. I could hide it easily though with the rest of my hair.Also, after a hair was pulled, I felt good. A year later things got much worse. I began to look for any hair that was different to pull. Even one's that had a little bend in them. If my hairs are darker,harder,shaped different etc. I will pull it. And this has continued up till now. I won't pull in public. I pull in my house or in a car.I've been pulling my hair for about two years now. I turned 17 a few days ago. I have bald patches all over my head and I still continue to pull. I have been seeing a Psychologist for about a year now for my OCD but once things started getting better with the OCD I told her about my hair pulling as I already knew that I had Trichotillomania. She gave me a book to read on it and I done some research and we are now trying other ways to deal with it, as some ideas have failed. I put my hair up in a poneytail each day and wear a bandana so I won't be pulling the hairs that are trying to grow back on the top of my head. I also wear hats a lot. This is helping but if I'm not wearing anything on my head or if my hair isn't up, I'll pull for hours. When I'm bored, stressed or waiting for something that may be taking a while I begin to pull my hair. I mostly have the urges when I'm sitting and doing something for a while like being on the computer, watching t.v. or doing schoolwork. I pull the most hair when I have nothing on my head or I'm in bed waiting to fall asleep because then, I don't wear anything on my head. All I do is pull the hair from my scalp. I do not eat the roots. I just pull, examine and throw the hair away. The odd time I will pull hair from other areas of my body but it's the hair on my head that I struggle with. I'm working on my trich now but it is a challenge for sure and it won't be easy. The thing to do is start working on your hair pulling now because if you let it go any longer it will certainly get worse. Take it from me. I know it may give pleasure to pull but in the long run, the results will not be good. I know the embarrassement of it all but it is nothing to be ashamed of. This is more than a habit. It is something that you have no control over. People only struggling with trich are perfectly sane. You may feel like you're crazy or weird, but you're not. I also feel strange for doing it and even stranger because I also have OCD. I've been taking Prozac for a little over a year now to manage my once severe OCD. But it doesn't seem to be helping with the trich. I have lot's of good strategies for helping with trich (hair pulling) I will post some for you all. It may help :)


Tiffani 4 years ago

i will be turning 19 soon and i have been pulling out my hair and eating it since i was about 10

i have been so scared of what is doing to my insides that this is the first time i look it up to see what i can do to stop it.

reading what everybody wrote makes me feel better because i know i'm not the only one because my family looks at me as an Embarrassment i even shaved my head to hide it but still i find a way to pluck it out.

right now as i type this i'm sitting with four big bald spots on my head and in a coulple of hours my mom will yell at me to get a job then tell me no one will hire me because of my hair and that i will need to stop pulling out my hair like i do it on purpose


Anisha 4 years ago

Hiiiiii..

I was in 8 grade,since i started pulling out my hair and nw iam 18 years old and don't knw wat to do,really sick of my hair,i am havin a bald patch on head and damn embrass of dat,really want to die,my parents are really worried ,my mum suffered from high B.P cuzz of me..

I don't know how to get rid of dis dirty habit..


Kaylea 4 years ago

I am 12 I pull out my hair. After I pull it out it put the root to my lips and feel the cool sensation that it brings. I can stop I started doing this at the begginging of 6th grade. I need help I have bald spots all over my mom is really stressed about this and I don't know what to do


Tina king 4 years ago

My grandson picks his hair out. he just started this behavior in the last 2 years . I didn't understand this behavior until now.


Uknowme2011 4 years ago

It's nice to know I'm not alone.


Rosie 4 years ago

hello, My name is Rosie and i'm 21. I have been pulling since I was 11. Nothing I tried helped with my pulling,I think i had pulled aboout 90% of my hair out. I recently had the contrceptive implant fitted and my urges just stopped. I think TTM is to do with a hormone imbalance, thats why my urges stopped when i had extra hormones in me from the implant. I wear clip in extensions to hide the damage but of course as we all know, extension damage your hair. Its a vicious circle, wearing extensions to hade the patches.. but they do more damage than good. I am considering shaving my head. I was worried what people would think but it's got nothing to do with other people! We are not mad ladies (or gents) we simply have a problem that a lot of other people do not understand. I will let you know when I have shaved my head and how it is going (and growing!) much love and support to you all xxx


Christina 4 years ago

Omg. I thought i was the only one in the world to do this :'(

and yes. i pull em out and eat the root :'( and i dnt evn know why.

i end up with blood stains in my head. I try my best in stopping my self. but its so hard:(

and now i do have a few bald spots :(

will it grow back? :'(


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Paul Robbins 4 years ago

Yes its good to know I'm not alone with this habit. I'm looking for help to quit the plucking habit. My poor eyebrows


Windy 4 years ago

I have been pulling my eyelashes & eyebrows out since i was 12 im now 18. i started pulling my hair but stopped myself from starting that habit.. sometimes my eyebrows hurt and i start pulling them out where the pain is. i go through extreme measures to hide the bald spots in my eyebrows with make-up


Kenya1 4 years ago

Hi all.. yes, i also do this.. started when i was 11 years after going through a difficult time. there are times my hair re grows and i don't even bother plucking it, but when i start..its so,so severe that i have to shave it again, i pluck it out, put the root to my lips and feel the cool sensation that it brings just like Kaylea.. im praying we get a permanent solution to end this... with God all things are possible " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" im now 32


Christina 4 years ago

Well any of you all had many moments you tell yourself it's gonna be the last hair you're gonna pluck out?

Well yes :( I may have said that to my self a million times :( But never stopped it. sigh

Lets hope we do find a solution! :)

God Bless You all!


Nemo 4 years ago

OMG! For the past couple of months or more I've been plucking out my eyelashes. Only my right eye's lashes though! And once my right eye became bald, I freaked out. But I never had the urge to pull my left eye's lashes! So, I patiently waited for my right eye's lashes to grow back, and once they did, without realizing it, I've been plucking at my lashes again! My regrown eyelashes grew back longer than the original ones but they were so thin at the ends and so oddly curled that it bugged me. And my right eye is once again half bald! :( I want this to stop. More than anything else, it makes my eye burn and hurt. It doesn't even embarrass me that my eye is bald/ half bald! And oddly enough, I'm not depressed or anxious about anything! At least consciously... I have no idea what I can do to stop myself.


Another girl 4 years ago

It's been 15 years. I'm now 22.

I grew up with no eyelashes. Finally (2010) they have grown back& I don't dare touch them. BUT my eyebrows are still completely gone. Getting them tattooed by a professional face artist(2008) was the best choice I made. Although, I do get them retouched every year and it gets costly. I've been contemplating on shaving my head but I was always so worried about what others would think. Which isn't like me at all.The majority of people around here know my situation. I've always told when asked because getting my story out there may help others who hide it. Yes, I am ashamed I pull my hair but i'm not going to let any persons judgments affect who I am as a person when I've already destroyed my outer looks. Anyways, point of me getting this out is because I'm finally going to shave my head this summer. Bada Boom!

Xoxo,

Another girl.

Stay strong bald beauties. ;)


Shelby 4 years ago

I am 11 years old in Gr. 6 and I have this disease too! I have been ripping out my eyelashes since I was 5. 6 years! I have managed to let my right eyelashes grow back, but I am having no luck with my left ones. They are bald, with short stubby ones coming out the ends. I can't help but pluck them with my long nails. I find it interesting to look at the root, then get rid of it. A lot of people tell me to "just stop" but it's not that easy. I really need help! I am so scared that they are not going to come back. I thought I was so crazy, Pulling out my eyelashes, finding it interesting. But it turns out, I am not alone. I hope they find a cure, because people are really starting to notice, and it doesn't help when people call you weird because of it. If only they had the disease! :(


hayley 4 years ago

I have been pulling my hair since like 3. There is pictures of me twirling it and stuff. Everyone thinks It's cute then but now i get made fun of everyday for twirling and pulling my hair. Worst part is what they think is gross Is just the tip of the iceberg. I pluck my eyebrows for atleast 20 min. a day, I use a tweezers and individualy pull out the hairs and same for my head. The bad part is, is that it feels good. I like it and what my friends think that I'm just twirling ny hair to "look flirty" it really hurts. Honestly it is a problem that I think about all day, and i cannot stop, because I don't want to. I HAVE NEVER TOLD ANYONE. And i don't know what to do, I'm stuck embarrassing myself with this horrible disease.


Kollow 4 years ago

Me too...! I think i have this problem with my hair but ....i don't have depression !! Someone help me !!! :(


Christina 4 years ago

Oh my God! Guys! It's been 4 days since I posted on this forum, and i don't know, but ever since I got to know many other people are going through this same thing Iv been going through, I'v actually managed in controlling my self.

I may have plucked about just 5 in four days, and that's actually improvement! :D I hope i would continue the same!

So guys, i guess the best advice is, KEEP YOURSELF occupied with SOMETHING. for some reason, i never pluck hair in front of my friends! Just try to hang around with someone, n get a PRETTY hair cut, so that you would avoid plucking your hair since you feel different and want your hair to remain pretty.

I know this MIGHT sound LAME, buh keep on googling pictures of beautiful celebs/hairstyles. and think to yourself you are going to make yourself look as pretty as them and so NOT even think of touching your hair :)

keep switching hairstyles, and try to keep on looking different. for some reason, we end up plucking hair coz we might be really bored with our hair/looks. i don't know :) just talking from my view :)

Eat PLENTY of fruits guys! Lets make that hair grow back guys!

WE ARE THE CURE! we just need to refresh our minds and really take control! i noe its hard! but its for our best! :)

Good luck guys!

You ALL are beautiful! :)

Just make a change :) and we all are gonna be fine!

Lets pray! Ill keep you all in my prayers!

God Bless!

x


zoso540 4 years ago

I'm 23 and I've been pulling out only the thick hairs in one particular spot on the side top of my head, and now there's a bald patch :( It's been going on for maybe 8 years now, and I never thought of it as a problem until I soon realized I couldn't even wear my hair down due to the bald spot, so I half clip it up, works so far.

I don't eat it, but I would nibble on the roots sometimes. It gives me this feeling of relief and makes me want to pull more, and only get the roots.

I haven't even gone to the hairdresser in almost a year because I feel so conscious about it now.

It sucks when I want to go dancing and whip ma hair back n' forth...and can't :(

I also just graduated from doing an Honours Degree in Psychology...IRONY.


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Leslie Madsen 4 years ago

I have it also turning 30 this year i got from my when my period started when i was 13 how can i calm my nerves down ?


karen 4 years ago

I started this when i was 23 just sfter the birth of my son Dylan.I found it started when i was breast feedng..i would sit and just keep pulling my hair out..u know it was like a comfort thing, when he would need to feed knew i would start at it again! I ended up having to go on anxiety medication which did not help with my habit, i just kept doing it. People would find hair all over my house it was embarrasing, i wouldn't go to a hair dresser for years because of it.I trystick to the one spot all he time pulling out hair that i feel growing back and its sore but i just cant stop. I have noticed my son has mirrored my habit...he sits every night like me his hand at the top of his head twisting in the same spot i am but he is not pulling his out!!! I wish i could stop! I cant leave my hair down much either so always the same look! My famly and a few friends know and when they see me doing they keep saying stop it bui dnt even realise i am doing it!


Brooke.. 4 years ago

Seeing All These Posts Have Helped Me Kind Of :/ I've Been Pulling Since 13 I Think.. I'm 15 Now :/ I Have No Clue Why I Started All This And It Kills Me. I've Been Suicidal About This Because People At School Torment Me About It And It Is Just So Embarrassing . I Hope I Can Find Some Way To Stop.

Wish Me Luck Guys xxx


plucking 4 years ago

I have been plucking my eyebrows for over 10 years..I'm 27 and I haven't had eyebrows since I was 13..I want to stop but its so hard..they won't grow an inch!!


Kendall 4 years ago

I don't constantly pull my hair out enough to have bald spot, I do a little bit. It's a horrible habit and I hate it! I'm really scared about eating it though. I don't eat my whole piece of hair but SOMETIMES the tip of it.


Samantha C 4 years ago

Started when I was 11 or 12. Now I'm 16 and I continue to do it. I can't stop. I don't eat it or anything. I just pull it out of it feels weird or looks weird. I've had many bald spots. But I'm usually able to hide it because my hair is thick. My mom and dad know. They've told me that they are gonna take me to a doctor to help me but I always beg them not to because I'm soooooo embarrassed. It's good to know I'm not alone.


ocdgurl 4 years ago

Hello everyone! :D

It's been apparently 7 weeks since I posted on here!

I've told the large story of my Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) up above and said I would post some ideas to help stop the hair pulling. My apologies! I was so busy and forgot!

I've noticed that a lot of posts have been made since then so now I'm going to post some ideas that might help some of you :)

SO HERE'S WHAT I SUGGEST! :

First, figure out where you are most likely to pull and what you will most likely be doing at the time.

For example: If you’re most likely to pull in your living room watching television.

This way you can be prepared before you enter that room or do that activity.

You will be able to prevent your hair pulling by doing the following:

1.Always wear something that will cover your hair like a hat or bandana.

2.Always wear your hair in a ponytail.

3.Wear something on your hands like rubber gloves or put band aids on all of your fingertips so you won’t be able to pull.

4.When doing activities where your hands are free, like watching television, and where you may be sitting for long periods of time, try to distract yourself and your hands by doodling, squeezing play dough etc. Try to always have something in your hands.

5.Expose yourself. Purposely think of you pulling hair, but don’t do it! Wait out the urge by doing something distracting with your hands until the urge becomes smaller and smaller till it disappears!

6.Post notes in the places or on the objects that are connected with hair pulling. Make a reminder saying “DO NOT PULL” (often we pull without realizing).

7.Maybe cutting your hair shorter may help.

Also, it would be a good idea to keep notes of how you are feeling when you pull.

I mostly pull when I’m bored or stressed.

This information can be helpful to help find other ways to cope with these feelings.

These are mostly ideas for scalp hair pulling. If you find that none of these ideas help and things aren’t changing or they are getting worse, you should seek professional help from a therapist.

The last thing I think a lot of us would want to do is cut all of our hair off.

Really hope this helps you guys!

I’ll be checking back often and if you have any questions for me just leave a post and put @OCDGURL before your question so I will be able to see it. I’ll be happy to help anyone out with this horrible problem.

Good luck to you all! :)


Natalya 4 years ago

Wow, I can't believe so many other people do this as well. I'm 20 and have been since I was 8 (yep, roots and all). It's very embarrassing. I used to do my eyebrows, eyelashes and the hair on my head but lately I think I got to the point where I was just too embarrassed that I have now let my eyebrows completely grow out, and my eyelashes are nearly all back as well. As for my hair... At times I won't pull it out for months and then all of a sudden I'll start again and just go crazy. Lucky it's on the very top of my head (which has now grown back to a suitable length and I have no urge at all to touch it) but along both sides of my head just above my ears is where I have the most trouble. I'm in desperate need of help. 12 years is just 12 years too long.


Inanna 4 years ago

Hey guys my name is inanna im glad im not the only one that does this im 12 and ive been doing this since i was 8 i cut my hair off when i was a little girl becuse my dad did it and he left his hair in the sink and the sissors on the counter i did it and i had a blad spot in the middle of my head it was super embarresing. A few years later when my dad used to punish me for useless stuff i started ripping out my eyebrows then my eyelashes then my hair my brother saw me doing it and i just hoped he wouldent tell my mom. I actually lie to my mom and say i don't know what happened to my hair. I do it when im bored or on the computer or fustrated . All my guy crushes called me ugly or other stuff and i tried to end my life so thats more fustration i always hit my hand when i pul my hair out ( I actually eat it to) and then i want more and more but im going to start doing the rubber band. Right now i have my hair braided all the back of my head was bald were my hairline in the back was sopposed to start its all filled with little hair now i have to wait to grow it back and im an impatient person lol. Im going to stop i hope i can stop Thanks for helping me guys :)


juju 4 years ago

Im glad im not the only one i actually eat my hair, pubic hair, i tried my underarm hair, my leg hair wich is thick, my eyebrows, my eyelashes. I actually even tried to eat my sister's eyebrow hair thy were a lot of hairs she asked me to tweez her eyebrows i did i actually pulled them withhout a tweezer but i didn't eat and i wanted to eat my mom's eyebrows to. I though i was the only one but im not im 13 also.


Your name. 4 years ago

Ever since I can remember, I would always break the ends off my hair, not completely from the roots, just pieces. I was very young when I started. I'm 17 now and I still can't break the habbit.


Jake 4 years ago

I'm a 12 year old boy believe it or not. I pull at my eyelashes. I get this pain when I do it. And it feels good. I don't want to, but I can never controll myself. I often find myself doing it while playing video games or doing homework. That's a probl because I love video games. But I've bin stressed for years. I have a mom that always yells and wines. I can't do anything without my brother adding comments or judging me. And im bad in school. I fail classes and girls give me a hard time. They call me ugly and stupid. I think I'm hot and awesome. ;) lol. But I can't stop any of it. And pulling out eyelashes doesn't help. It only makes things worse. No one understands. I can't just stop. I know I'm a 12 year old boy! I shouldn't be stressed over anything! I can't deal with it. It's too much. But there are things that help me. I take showers and that helps me chill out. I play guitar and that helps me keep my fingers ocupied. But that's all. I just want people to know that even young boys get it. You teenagers and adults aren't alone at all.


Singingismylife 4 years ago

when I was in grade five (2010) I started pulling my hair out. I would twist strands of my hair around so it would form a knot at the end and then pull it out. it got so bad that I went to therapy, the therapy did end up working. the case had gotten so bad that I wore a hat to cover it up. I went to my hairdresser who was a friend, well an older friend, and she trimmed my hair so it looked like I had men's hair. i was so embarrassed because people weren't sure if I was male or female. that made me swear to myself I'd never do it again. but this may my Papa past away and I was devistated as he was only 78. and I have another grandfather who is 94. I was looking in the mirror one day and some hair was sticking up at the back of my head. they were just little strands so I told myself it wouldn't do anything. even though I knew it was my calek, I couldn't fight the urge to pull. I also have seriesus (however you spell that) where I have a dry scalp and so I started picking at the raised patches of dry skin, so now I have scabs on my head. I really want to stop. I am not pulling out my hair as severely as I was the first time, I am pulling strand by strand. I seem to have some obsession with the black rooted pieces of my hair and my eyelashes. I am wearing a hat right now. my mom threatened me that if I don't stop I have to take my dog for five thirty minute walks every day every week, and that I wouldn't be alowed to use my iPod or watch my favourite shows and I still haven't stopped. :(((((


breanne 4 years ago

reading all of these comments honestly made me cry. i am 19 years old and getting married in 2 months, i have been pulling out my hair since i was 9 years old. my stepdad used to beat my mom which gave me the urge to start pulling. i had a bad bald spot and stopped because my mom called me a freak. i had no eyebrows for 2 years. from reading everyone elses posts i have noticed we have a lot in common. when i am in bed or like today sitting on the comp and writing out wedding invites i have been pulling out my hair and to top it all off i eat it. i have a small spot on the top of my head. i don't believe that hair hurts your insides but i do not know how to stop. i really want to know if the meds work or not im starting to get worried. someone please help, i feel embarassed to tell my fiancé and if i tell my mom she would def flip out


emma 4 years ago

i've started almtost 3 years ago and here's the story i was just playing with my hair then i catched some harch hairs so i got scared from the fact that my whole hair could turn to be like those then i started to pull out and recently eat and someday i was watchng a tv program and i discovered that it's a disease and freakin me out


Annie 4 years ago

I've had this for 9 years now and still doing it and I just can't stop so I feel ya, when I was 14 it freaked me out so much cause due to school and everything so I covered the 3 bald spot I had at the time with my other hair and gel it worked most of the time now I just use a hat but my mom found out and til now she found one and I'm not the only one in my family my dad has it too :3 but I need to control it.


Genevieve 4 years ago

I have been ripping out my eyelashes and looking at the root for almost 7 years, and I didn't know how to stop. I plucked both my eyes lashes out, then I stopped with one side, and just plucked of the other side. The left side grew back, and I kept ripping the right side. It took me a average of 6 and a half years to stop, and I finally did about 3 months ago. Now, my eyelashes are back, and back to stay.

All of you still facing this problem, you will overcome it someday. Don't think you are weird because you do this, because a lot of people do. I know how it feels, and it isn't a good feeling to have when you look in the mirror every morning and see lashes/hair missing off your eyes.(or head, eyebrows, etc) It also doesn't feel good when people judge you about it. When people tell you to "just stop," you have to explain that it's not that easy. You might as well tell someone to stop breathing. ;)

If you truly want your hair/lashes back beauties, you will stop on your own.

STAY STRONG, LOVELIES.

~genevieve


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trichotillomania 3 years ago from Greater Los Angeles Area

Ladies, you are not alone! There are 6-12 million people that suffer from Trich in the US alone. Healing from it is challenging and what works for one person, may not work for another. I have pulled out my eyelashes, eyebrows and scalp hair since I was 2 or 3 and I'm 38 now. I recently opened up an online Trich store and I'm really thinking about just shaving my head and purchasing some of the awesome wigs I've been posting. I know many people that have healed from Trichotillomania. It is possible, so don't lose hope! :) You are all beautiful and each of you are special in your own way. Prayers to you all!


audrey 123 3 years ago

It's sooo difficult and frustrating. I've been suffering from this since I was a very young girl. It's good to read everyone's comments and see that I am not alone. My first step was recognizing it as a condition. That has helped me a lot, both psychologically, finding help, and starting a recovery process. I actually have been pull free now for several months, which I think is due to using something I found online - the Trich Stop System. It's based on using multiple methods at once, and I think that is what has finally worked for me. I'm not cured yet, and I'm always wary it could come back, but at least I can see some hair regrowth and I don't have that nagging sensation all the time. At the beginning I slipped a little, but with the method it was easier to get back on track. Has anyone else used it or any other methods? I'd be interested in finding out - it's so hard to choose what's legitimate and what's a scam. In any case we have to stick together and share what we learn. sending everyone lots of good vibes and hope!


mathew12321 3 years ago

Hello all,

I grew my hair out and i didn't pull it out when it was long but i cut it recently (about a month and a half ago) and i started back up i got bullied a lot in middle school when i did it before i grew my hair out.... i don't have bald spots yet but im scared there coming and i pull my hair out run it across my lips to feel the cool sensation and then eat the roots.... i did it for about 2 years before i grew my hair out.... im just glad that im not the only one that has this disease :,) it makes me feel so much better now that i know im not insane for pulling my hair out. Stay strong guys and girls we will get through this :) just believe in yourself and tell yourself everyday im not gonna pick.. love and support to all of you Good luck!


Shelby/Genevieve 3 years ago

My name is Shelby, more commonly known as Genevieve. I am 12 years old, living in Canada. Trichotillomania is truly a terrible disease. This is my story.

It all started when I was about 5 and a half years old. I was lying in my moms bed playing with my eyelashes. One came out in my hand. I was so entertained and curious about the root of the eyelash, so I kept taking out more, and more, and more.

Over the years, I kept doing it. My parents finally began to notice when I was around 6 and 7. All they said was "stop," and "they are bald now," and just things like that. I plucked them the most at night. I tried so hard to stop by myself, but nothing worked. It wasn't until I was around 8 or 9, when me and my parents went to see a person who was supposed to help me overcome the habit. It failed. I tried to wear mittens to bed. Failed. Cut my nails short...failed. Nothing worked! My parents were really angry now. They finally talked me into letting one grow back, and work on the other later. I managed to grow one side of my eyelashes back, but no luck on my other side. My parents kept telling me that if I grew my other side back, they would let me go to horseback riding camp, something I have always wanted to do. This continued through Grade 4, 5, and 6.

When I finally started noticing how ugly my eyes looked, a whole bunch of people did also. Once one person found out, they told everyone. Whenever at school eyes were brought up in a conversation I would walk away or pretend to go to the washroom. Being in Grade 5, what boys think is definitely something to worry about as well. It wasn't until Grade 6, when I went to a Middle School, when I really cute boy was in my English Class, Math Class, AND Art Class. I was so dazed whenever he was around. I really liked him, and he liked me as a friend. One day he noticed my eye, and I tried to make up excuses but really, what difference did it make? It wasn't going to change the way it looked. The guy was really nice so he didn't say anything mean about it, but I could tell he was surprised. I plucked until the last day of Grade 6.

During the Summer, I picked as well. My parents told me that we were moving in October. I was very happy, but also, very upset. I was so worried that if the new people in my new town will see my eye, they will judge me and get the wrong idea. That is when I really tried to stop. I couldn't imagine life without my caring friends to stand up to me. The beggining of Grade 7, at the same school started with ease. (It was September when I started Grade 7, I move in October.) I started applying lash serum to boost up the volume of my lashes. That didn't work that well, but I seemed to have stopped plucking. I didn't pluck for 2 months, and I could really see the eyelashes coming in. They looked wonderful. I moved to my new school, in a new house, in a new town.

I moved from the city to the country. On the first day of school, I met some very wonderful people. They are best friends now. My eyelashes are back. I have done it. I just put my foot down and said No. I am working on changing my attitude as well. In my elementary years I was a shy, short, girl with no eyelashes on one side. I have to say, I was called weird, freak etc. But now, things have reallly turned around. I am now considered pretty, and not shy, more of a super-nice kind of girl.

I really think that moving helped me grow my eyelashes back. It definitely hurt me to think about what life would be like without any eyelashes in my new town. But since I grew my lashes back, I now take horseback riding lessons at a nice stable. I love my horse I ride, she's so gentle.

I don't have to thank anybody else but myself. Its my life and my looks. All of you all still suffering from this disease, you will get through it. If you truly are missing your hair, it will come back. I am now as happy as ever, living in my new town. I recently went to a Grade 7 and 8 dance and I saw the cute boy from Grade 6. I'm not sure if he noticed my eye, but he sure was happy to see me. Maybe in the future I will consider expressing my feelings towards him...I don't know. Right now, lets focus on the present. I love you all!

~Shelby


XYZ 3 years ago

helloo....

i'm 24 male.

I would like to help u to overcome this problem because i was also engaged in that disease (Plucking head Hairs). The solution i found that is very very helpful that to "Shaved your Head hairs 8 to 10 times" or "Cut the hair until it reaches 0.2 cm" sooner u feel u r comfortable and feel happy.....

its my suggestion please please attempt it..

I hope it will helpful for u...


Paul 3 years ago

Yes its a real problem especially my eyebrows. My armpits and privates don't worry me as noone can see them areas. But now I attack my eyebrows its not funny no more. I feel embaressed and it makes me depressed. I shave my head anyway oh I'd probarly pluck that aswell. Its worst for me when I'm sat doing nothing or reading my book at nite in bed. But stress is a bad trigger aswell. My doctor says its a form of self abuse. I'll try the band aids on my finger tips.


Phillip 3 years ago

Hi people I'm 49yo and I as anybody I have problems in life, but three years ago I was diagnosed with a Personality Disorder and wasn't told by the physc what this was and what it meant anyway a year or so later I was told by a doctor that I was suffering from Depression which I have been told by many Doctors that I had depression and I put this down to that Depression was the new trendy word for Doctors to use to hurry u up and get u out and for the next patient in, anyway I recall something that I had suppressed in my memory is that at approx. 8/9yo I remember pulling out my hair on each side of my head behind my ears to the point of baldness it started with me pulling out small amounts of hair to the point of huge amounts where I would twist a huge amount around my fingers and close to the roots and would just pull with a twist and when I did this it didn't hurt at all and the bald spots were very noticeable and the size of the diameter of a tennis ball each side of my head and the kids at school would ask my why I had these bald spots and why the hair was missing and it didn't bother me and I would say I don't know I wouldn't do it in public but I would often show people how I could pull these large clumps of hair out with no effort or pain I would also chew on the hair I pulled out and would eat the roots...As I have recently remembered this in great detail I can put the reason as why I started doing this to myself is that my grand mother who was most significant women/carer in my life as my mother worked and was an alcoholic and that my grand mother was hospitalised permanently after suffering a stroke and what I now know is that's when my depression started.


chloe 2 years ago

I used to pull out my hair but now I just pull at my eyebrows. I don't have any now and any time it grows back I pull it away


Daydreamer 2 years ago

I understand what you’re going through, I had the same problem since elementary school. I started using different techniques to stop myself, like clipping my fingernails, finding a hobby, or coating my eyes with Vaseline. What really help me was hypnosis, I use to listen to an mp3 track every night until I no longer had the urge. Check out my blog if you want to learn more http://www.haireyelashcure.blogspot.com/


Vero 2 years ago

I just realized i have this disease. I actually have been plucking my hair for 4 years , but i didn't know it was an actual problem. Im really worried now because i cant control and i also don't want to end up bald on the front side of my head( which is were i pluck about 99% of my hair). Man this is bad.


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Mystoryonhealing 2 years ago from United States

I finally was able to stop after 14 years. Please read my blog about my story of how I was affected by this mental illness for so so long and how I was able to overcome it. It truly is possible!!!


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