Trichotillomania

Posted by VA Puller @vapuller, Aug 29, 2011

Just wondering if any of you have trichotillomania?

My sister does. Do you?

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I do. Before treatment for Bipolar (Trich is common among people with Bipolar) I used to search my eyelashes for loose ones and tug them out.

Later I started what I have read is a less common form of Trich, hair cutting. It is a obsession with symmetry apparently. Fortunately I turned out to be good at cutting my own hair — but I was unable to grow it past my ears for about 20 years. This last year I hit 48 and decided to go to a hairdresser. I went to a very expensive one, explained my problem and we agreed I would grow my hair for one year and I would come in every 6 weeks for what turned out to be my extravagant fabulous brown-blonde hair (I had mostly grey hair previously)

So I grew it out and then came the day for the Big Haircut by this famous hairdresser…he gave me a boring bob. It so disappointing to know I can cut better than he does. About two months later ? threw out my back and was on muscle relaxants that made me very depressed— I stopped taking them after I marched into the bathroom and reshaped my hair. The cutting felt like a release, so satisfying. I have been trimming my hair for the last 8 months. I go in for the fabulous color and they tsk-tsk, but they do admit I cut well.

So trich is about controlling anxiety or depression, about restoring order in my universe. Some people say it is a form of self-hair. It might be in the more extreme forms. I don’t know. Mine seems to be under control– but I will say I take Lithiium, Depakene and Bupropion, heavy stuff.

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I do, too! I began years ago…(long story). It is really bad right now! Live in WI…Has anyone found a successful treatment?

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yes, i do

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@justme2

I do, too! I began years ago…(long story). It is really bad right now! Live in WI…Has anyone found a successful treatment?

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mine started 15 months ago

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@justme2

I do, too! I began years ago…(long story). It is really bad right now! Live in WI…Has anyone found a successful treatment?

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is anyone here

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anyone here to talk

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@justme2

I do, too! I began years ago…(long story). It is really bad right now! Live in WI…Has anyone found a successful treatment?

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Yes, sorry…I don’t have time to respond every day/ It is a difficult thing to deal with…been for over 30-years!

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Me…..it feels good, though once my pain was controlled I lost that loving feeling. It took my mind off of the pain, hard to explain.

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