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whatshername121 , 04 Feb 2015

Support please

I've never talked to someone with the same problem. I'm 18, I started kinda around the time I was 12. My legs look really bad. I have scars on scars. I'll take tweezers and dig the hair out if I have to. It makes me cry just talking about it. I had a neurological disorder called GBS back in 2007 which caused my legs to become paralyzed and I had to learn how to walk again. I have feeling and sensibility and everything, but it's just...I don't know. I feel like tweezing my legs relieves so much stress. I'm doing kinda bad in school, my mom wants to send me to the hospital, my dad doesn't know, and my boyfriend thinks I can quit whenever I want. I'm scared. Help me.

4 Answers
February 04, 2015
You're not alone in this.... I pull my hair out for no reason at all. I feel awfull about it. I have depression, and I guess it trigered this... thing... I don't know how to stop this, or what to do with myself. It's the first time I've talked to anybody about this.... I know you're scared, I am too. Just hang on in there...
February 21, 2015
I'm so sorry you're going through such a difficult time. I started at 12 also and this year I'll be 34. I've been to psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and counselers over the years and it usually helps initially to talk to a professional to (a) get the feelings out (b) give some hope for getting better (c) not feel so alone with your problem. It can also help your friends and family members wrap their head around the fact that it is a real problem that you can't just stop when ever you want. I've never stuck with a therapist or other medical professional for longer than a few months, but reaching out does help me feel like I am taking steps in the right direction. The forum on this site is also very helpful for me. I hope you get to a place where you can be hopeful about your situation. In the past 5 months I've had major success with taking the NAC supplement that is mentioned in this forum. However, I've had a bad week. Today I assessed the damage that I've done to my progress and I decided that I'm not going to give up yet. keep your head up. You deserve happiness.
March 12, 2015
Hello, I am really sorry that you are going through this. I also here hoping to get some support/advice from people that can actually understand our problem. All I can say is that I think accepting the problem is always the best way to start. No matter how much we want to stop, if we are not determined to do something about it, it will never stop. For me, keeping thing to myself and hiding my problem, only puts more stress and makes my situation worse. That's the reason I decided to join the group, hopefully having people that can actually understand n support, will help me.
March 15, 2015
Hi, I started when I was pretty young too, about 6 or 7, and I pulled out my eyelashes mainly, but as I've got older it's moved to eyebrows and places where "women aren't meant to have hair" if you catch my drift. Just remember that you are most certainly NOT ALONE! We're all here for you :) Have you seen the channel TrichJournal on YouTube? It's run by Rebecca Brown, the most well known trich awareness campaigner in the UK. It's nice to actually be able to hear someone with trich talking rather than just reading info from a screen.

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