New to this site but had trich for as long as I can remember

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New to this site but had trich for as long as I can remember
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So I started therapy for trichotillomania when I was 8, but I had been pulling before that. I started off just pulling out the hair from my eyebrows and eyelashes. I remember my mom would pencil in in my eyebrows for school when I was little and not having any eyelashes left. As soon as they would grow in I would pull them back out.
When I was in the sixth grade my family doctor prescribed me prozac to help stop the pulling, but it made it worse. I became manic and pulled out all the hair on my head within a couple of weeks. My long, curly hair was gone. I went off the prozac but I kept pulling from my head.
Since then I have spent years with little to no hair on my head and eyelashes that never really grew back. I have shaved my head multiple times because my bald spots were taking up such a large part of my head, wearing hat and bandanas. I'm 19, almost 20 and have spent my whole life consumed by this.
I don't know how to stop and I've tried so many different things. I don't know what to do.

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hi sammyxoxo!
i know how it must feel! trich is a really powerful thing and at times it feels like its just taking over. it's very hard to control (if at all possible). it can be frustrating belive me i know it.... sometimes i myself wonder if this is something that we're going to carry with us indefinitely....

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Hello to any and all that this might help. I am new here and hopefully will be able to give some hope as well as help. In 1967 I was 15 years old and one day relized I had trichotillamania and I would not learn the word for it until 1992. Like many on here I was so alone. Wigs became popular about 3 years later and so at first it was so very difficult. I want to ask anyone reading this one important question. Have you ever experienced a day or so where you did not have the desire to pull like you normally do? I know I noticed that many times over almost 50 years of pulling. I just didn't know why from time to time the urge wasn't there. Well, a few years ago I somehow ended up on a post from NIH...National Institute of Health. They have said that Trichotillamania, obesity, gambling, tourettes, skin picking, alcoholism, drug addiction and even Parkinsons is related. That often if you have trich and siblings that don't then they possibly are afflicted with one of the above mentioned disabilities. I know that is absolutely true for me. My brother died in 1987 from a drug over dose. I have a sister that is very obese, and another sister who is a gambling addict. Involved in this post is the name of a doctor out of Minnesota I can not recall his name but he is the only doctor that you can get the 5-HTP Neuro Replete. This 5-HTP is about 100 times stronger then what you can buy anywhere else. He has been able to to cure people of a number of these diseases with this. Insurance does not pay for it as far as I know and it did a few years back run about $300.00 a month. You normally have to do it about 18 months. That is worth a shot for many of you. However, for me I feel God looked down on me one day about 16 months ago when I decided to go on a diet and lose 50 pounds. So September 2014. I started eating green spinach salads for lunch, and turnip greens, brussell sprouts, cooked spinach, and little else. Within a week to 10 days I realized I was no longer having the urge to pull my hair out. In this same post from the NIH it had gone into great depth about the issue in all of these disease's there is a lack of seratonin in the brain forcing your neurotransmitters not to fire or connect the way they need to. So for me Seratonin is the key and it's cheap. I have a full head of hair and when I feel the urge to pull from time to time I just load my body up on mainly greens of some sort. Now there are many, many foods that create seratonin in the gut that absorbs in the body and goes to the brain. You can look up online the foods that create seratonin. Try them for a week and see if they work for you. For instance potatoes create seratonin, but not for me. So greens may not create it for you, but some of the other foods will. So just look at what all the foods are and give them a try. Even if you are not crazy about some of the foods try them and if they work learn to like them. These drugs, clomipramin/anafranil, Prozac, and a zillion other antidepressants are not good for you but what is it that they really do?????
These drugs create a synthesis of seratonin in the brain. That is what it does and why not get on a diet that creates it naturally. This was a gift from God for me and I have been able to control my trichotillamania for the first time in almost 50 years by way of diet, and I am so grateful. I hope this helps at least one more person.

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Hello to any and all that this might help. I am new here and hopefully will be able to give some hope as well as help. In 1967 I was 15 years old and one day relized I had trichotillamania and I would not learn the word for it until 1992. Like many on here I was so alone. Wigs became popular about 3 years later and so at first it was so very difficult. I want to ask anyone reading this one important question. Have you ever experienced a day or so where you did not have the desire to pull like you normally do? I know I noticed that many times over almost 50 years of pulling. I just didn't know why from time to time the urge wasn't there. Well, a few years ago I somehow ended up on a post from NIH...National Institute of Health. They have said that Trichotillamania, obesity, gambling, tourettes, skin picking, alcoholism, drug addiction and even Parkinsons is related. That often if you have trich and siblings that don't then they possibly are afflicted with one of the above mentioned disabilities. I know that is absolutely true for me. My brother died in 1987 from a drug over dose. I have a sister that is very obese, and another sister who is a gambling addict. Involved in this post is the name of a doctor out of Minnesota I can not recall his name but he is the only doctor that you can get the 5-HTP Neuro Replete. This 5-HTP is about 100 times stronger then what you can buy anywhere else. He has been able to to cure people of a number of these diseases with this. Insurance does not pay for it as far as I know and it did a few years back run about $300.00 a month. You normally have to do it about 18 months. That is worth a shot for many of you. However, for me I feel God looked down on me one day about 16 months ago when I decided to go on a diet and lose 50 pounds. So September 2014. I started eating green spinach salads for lunch, and turnip greens, brussell sprouts, cooked spinach, and little else. Within a week to 10 days I realized I was no longer having the urge to pull my hair out. In this same post from the NIH it had gone into great depth about the issue in all of these disease's there is a lack of seratonin in the brain forcing your neurotransmitters not to fire or connect the way they need to. So for me Seratonin is the key and it's cheap. I have a full head of hair and when I feel the urge to pull from time to time I just load my body up on mainly greens of some sort. Now there are many, many foods that create seratonin in the gut that absorbs in the body and goes to the brain. You can look up online the foods that create seratonin. Try them for a week and see if they work for you. For instance potatoes create seratonin, but not for me. So greens may not create it for you, but some of the other foods will. So just look at what all the foods are and give them a try. Even if you are not crazy about some of the foods try them and if they work learn to like them. These drugs, clomipramin/anafranil, Prozac, and a zillion other antidepressants are not good for you but what is it that they really do?????
These drugs create a synthesis of seratonin in the brain. That is what it does and why not get on a diet that creates it naturally. This was a gift from God for me and I have been able to control my trichotillamania for the first time in almost 50 years by way of diet, and I am so grateful. I hope this helps at least one more person.

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Hi Nancy64,

Thank you so much for sharing this info, I will try to find the article you are referring to and write an article about the study for our blog. It is important that we share this type of information as you never know who may benefit from it. As you say, each person's body is unique so what worked for you like the greens may not work for the next person, but it is worth a try and knowing the science behind it helps too. It so wonderful that you have been able to gain control over your trich after so long. What an inspiration you are to everyone here!