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I've been looking through this forum, and although I know a lot of people wish to remain anonymous (by name or gender) I can't help thinking that not many guys suffer from this. Which ultimately makes me feel very lonely. So i suppose this is a way of telling my story in a hope that maybe other men can relate, and know that they are not alone.
I don't know when it started, but i know its got increasingly worse throughout my twenties. This condition is got so bad now I'm starting to slip up now and do it in front of people. At work I'll go to the toilet constantly to do it in private. I think anxiety is one of the main triggers for it, which leads me to think i may have an anxiety problem as i am literally doing it all the time.I can literally spend hours pulling. From pretty much my whole body apart from my head. I don't really get the urge to pull there, though know its the most common form of this condition. At the moment my pulling is mainly focused around my beard. Why don't i shave it off? Because i like having one and this may sound silly but my girlfriend likes it to. However its got to a point now that its really thinning out and she's starting to notice a lot of discarded hairs around the house. She doesn't know that i have this condition. No one knows. I dont know how to tell her. Every time i try to i just think of how its going to sound "I pull out my hair and eat it" i would sound like a freak. I feel like a freak. My opinion of my condition is only based on myself however. I've read through a lot of the honest and kind stories and conversations on here. Its nice to see people supporting each other, and i wondering if anyone could help me by telling me how they let there loved ones know they have this condition?