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Can't Stop Pulling Hair

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: trichotillomania, compulsive hair pulling, Psychology Today,

Some six million Americans suffer from the urge to pull out their own hair, an affliction known as trichotillomania. Those afflicted are often unable to stop plucking out their own eyebrows or tugging the hair out of their scalp, sometimes creating bare patches of skin on their head or face. Writing for Psychology Today, Jennifer Raikes describes her struggles with trichotillomania, partly stemming from a lack of information surrounding the disease. She directs people to the Trichotillomania Learning Center to learn more.

diana_3
7/3/2008 6:37:29 PM

It may seem weird, Pam, but not as uncommon as you may think. My sister had this when she was a child and her daughter struggles with it under times of stress. My niece started pulling her lovely, long lashes at the age of 4. She's now 11 and is much better than she used to be about it. Her mother makes sure her hair is not in her eyes and uses the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. The combination seems to make the difference. If you or someone you know lives with Trichotillomania please know you aren't weird! There is help.. namaste~


pam_1
6/29/2008 9:43:07 PM

I once knew a little girl who was about 5 who pulled out all of her eyelashes. She said "they bugged" her. It was the weirdest thing. Her folks took her to the dr who told them to not make a big deal of it and she would quit. And she did after a while. Weird!