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Natalie Shares What If Feels Like When She Pulls Out Her Hair (VIDEO)

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Natalie, diagnosed with trichotillomania, introduces herself and explains the feeling she gets when she pulls out her hair.

I was in a behavioral psyche class and we started studying trichotillomania. And my friend said to me, she poked me in the back, and she said, “That’s what you have, ha-ha-ha,” because I was always, you know, feeling my eyebrows or, you know, pulling out an eyebrow hair or something. So that’s when I first realized that oh, I think I do have this problem.

It relaxes me and, before I want to pull, I just kind of get a nervous feeling, maybe it would be like an anxiety attack, but not quite as bad. So I feel anxious, definitely an anxiety, and then I just want to reach up and pull my hair because that makes me feel a lot better; it relaxes me.

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I have posted here before and I too use to pull out my hair, but I am now healed. I no longer pull.

Join my blog at Trichblog.com it is still being developed, but we can at least blog to each other...

I just want to help those in need.

December 28, 2009 - 5:58pm

My hubby does this, picks at his eyebrows, and it drives me nuts. I mean, think about it: his eyebrows have to be long enough to twist! I know he'd hate that I mentioned this.

I've tried to help him break this habit, reminding him that he has already created a tiny bald spot (picture combing longer eyebrow hairs over the spot, like some bald fellows comb longer hairs over the top of their heads). I don't think it's a nervous habit, I think it's just fidgeting.

Thank you for sharing your story. It is a little comforting knowing that others out there have a similar compulsion as my hubby's. I just wish I knew how to help him stop.

August 11, 2009 - 7:47pm
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Wow, thank you for sharing this with me. I understand this, but not with hair- I compulsively pick at my skin. :( It's really great that you're speaking about this, though, Natalie.

August 11, 2009 - 7:35pm
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