Listen, as Natalie recalls when her trichotillomania, hair pulling tendencies started.
Well, it started for me when I was 16. Actually, it started the following school year after my parents got divorced. So I definitely know that it had something to do with that.
I don’t remember, I do remember when I was a little girl, probably like 7, I lost an eyelash, and my mom’s friend said, “Oh, you can make a wish with it,” and that just was so cool to me. So I remember, you know, whenever I got an eyelash out I would study it. I didn’t exactly pull them, but if I lost one I would study it and look at it and then make a wish and blow it away, and that was something that I always remembered that she told me that.
So, I guess back then there was some kind of fascination with hair or something, and then when my dad left, he left my mother and it was at the end of my sophomore year in high school, and then my junior year I started pulling. So, and it wasn’t, like I said, during the summers I didn’t have to study or anything, but during the school year, that was when all my anxiety came back and stress and everything, so I would start pulling then. So that was definitely the point at which my hair pulling started.
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