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Hello all, I am a 27 year old female, who has been pulling since I was 6, with two boys 8 and 5. They are getting to the point where they notice that mommy "has to take her hair off every night". My 5 year old caught me pulling one day, and asked why I won't stop pulling my hair out. It's very depressing, so much so that the dr now has me on an antidepressant and an anxiety medication. In 2013 my husband, children, and I moved to Oklahoma from Texas. This is the farthest we've ever been from family. In the beginning, my trich had gotten to the worst point it has ever been in my life. One day, my oldest said something to me that just seemed to stick. I was able to quit for two full years! I was so excited, and proud of myself. Then I decided to try to quit smoking since I had done so well not pulling. About 3 weeks into quitting I started pulling again. It's been such a battle. It's causing issues in my marriage, because my husband was so proud of me. I feel that everyone looks down on me now for failing. I began to fall even deeper into depression, and didn't want to leave my house. At this point I have tried Lexapro, Xanax, Buspirone, Pristque, and currently I'm on cymbalta, and klonopin. The weight gain from the meds hasn't helped with the depression, and the fact that my hair doesn't seem to be growing back very fast, if at all. Has anyone else been in this situation? What has helped? I'm pretty desperate at this point!
Thank you all for your input, it is greatly appreciated.