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Nancy, Psychotherapist
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I remember back as far as the age 12 sitting in class

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I remember back as far as the age 12 sitting in class pulling at my hair. It begain to be a habit along with bitting my nails. I just turned 30 and the habit still exist. I've had many blad spots over the years in which I ve done many things to cover them. I've made many excuses to hair dressers why my hair was the way it was. I've never told anyone, and I've always hide the pulling. Now as I got older I do it so you can't tell as much by not always doing it in the same spot. I don't even realize I'm doing it . I've tried stopping but I live a stressful life and it just makes it worse. I've been physically, mentally, and emotional abused. I have to make myself get up in the mornings to get my kids off to school and get myself ready for work. I'm mentally drained. It takes all the strenght I have to keep focused. I would love to isolate myself from the world. I can't sleep for the crazy dreams . I hear things and I jump. I have flashbacks of past events.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Nancy replied 8 years ago.
lt;p>HiCustomer</p><p> </p><p>I am so glad you wrote.</p><p> </p><p>Your hair pulling is a diagnosable and treatable disorder called Trichotillomania.</p><p> </p><p>Here is some information: </p><p><a href=""></a> </p><p><a href=""></a> </p><p><a href=""></a> </p><p> </p><p>Support and Information: <a href=""></a></p><p> </p><p>Treatment consists of both psychotherapy and medication. You may want to see a psychologist first - to see if you can first manage this behaviorally - and if you have difficulty, then see a psychiatrist for medication which will help you control your impulse to pull.</p><p> </p><p>Is there anything else I can help you with today?</p><p> </p><p>Nancy</p>