How I stopped pulling my hair.

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How I stopped pulling my hair.
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I've been battling with trichotillomania almost my entire life, I started pulling the hairs on the back, front and sides of my head when I was 10 years old. I am currently 25.
I know people who enjoy pulling an occasional hair every now and then, but that unfortunately wasn't my case at all-
I'd pull lots and lots of hairs throughout the entire day, especially when driving, watching tv or reading a book. It was compulsive and created big visible bald spots.
Year after year I would look at the mirror and feel ashamed and frustrated at the sight of the bald spots who just did not improve, because as soon as there was new growth I'd pull it again.
I tried gloves, hair products, hats..nothing helped. I was honestly starting to doubt whether I would ever stop.
A few months ago my friend told me about something that helped him get rid of his compulsions (knuckle cracking), and so I was super excited to try it.
So before I tell you what was the thing that helped me I'm asking you to please suspended any judgment and keep an open mind-It's called ayahuasca.
It's a Peruvian drug taken as a part of a ceremony and is known for it's remedial properties. It helps with trauma, addiction, compulsion etc.
After attending ONE ceremony I am completely pull-free. The ceremony was in early september, it's now october, and I haven't pulled a single hair since, which is miraculous because I couldn't even go a few hours without pulling. THE URGE TO PULL IS COMPLETELY GONE. I still sometimes reach for my hair but I always notice it and stop myself, and I'm sure this instinct will also soon disappear soon.
I can not even begin to describe the emotional relieve, happiness and improved quality of life.
The ayahuasca helped me deal with the core issues of self acceptance who manifested themselves in the form of hair pulling. It also helped me deal with other issues and problems that have been hunting me for years.
I live in southern california and attended a ceremony here but have heard of ceremonies in other states and of course in south america.
I'm open to talking to anyone here or privately and will post this on other forums in hopes it helps at least one other person!

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Hello,

I’m a man, I’ve had mine nearl 40 years now, I get no relief like some do I get the other which is shameful because I know I shouldn’t be doing it, mine is caused by stress. God I’ve tried for nearly 40 years to stop but can’t, I have spells I can go for weeks but then it starts again sometimes for no reason, probably because I’ve had it for so long now. I try and do things even color book on iPad at my age I don’t care just as long as it helps as the doctors and pills did nothing for me. But I’m happy you getting better because you don’t want it to go on like it has for me. Back then there were no places like here or talk to people because unless they have it they not understand us.

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I've been dealing with it for 15 years. I never was able to stop because I felt I was the only one going through this. After I realized this was something others was going through and it had a name, I decided to find a way to stop. I did intensive research, trying everything possible. What cured it was hypnotherapy believe it or not. I'd listen to it everyday before I go to bed and in the morning. After a few days I noticed my urge to pull had slowly gone away. I now have a full set of hair and haven't pulled in 2 years. https://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/bad-habits/hair-pulling?5896

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Hi,
I'd love to hear more about this.
If we can talk privately I would be very grateful.

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I've been pulling for 20 years now and nothing helped but this product guys it's pretty new and afforable .. http://rapidtory.com/9O4r
I bought it a 6 weeks ago and I'm already witnessing results <3

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I started pulling my hair when i was about 13. At first I didn't realise what i was doing. Over the months my hair became incredibly damaged, broken and uneven. I'd significant bald patches on my sides especially. I got no thrill from pulling my hair but found some satisfaction in it all the same. People started to notice my hair loss and being in an all girls school i was becoming very humiliated by it. I went to a hairdresser in 2013 and I remember she was asking why i had such uneven hair. It is very embarrassing when you suffer from hair puling to try and explain why your hair is the way it is. That day in the hairdresser really put things into perspective for me. I remember thinking I didn't want to be embarrassed like that again. I actually haven't gone to a hairdresser since so its been about 5 years now! But my hair has never been healthier. It took a long time but this year it is finally all the one length which is something i thought i would never ever achieve again. My side hair is now the same length as the rest of my hair and i get my mother and friends to trim the ends for me just to keep it healthy. I'm going to make my first trip back to the hairdresser this month and its a big milestone for me. I would urge you not to loose hope. You can and will over come this. For me it was the realisation of what i was doing that shocked me into overcoming it. I did not want to be like this forever. You can do it. We all can. Its a long road I won't lie. It took me te best part of 5 years to grow my hair to a healthy length again. But i honestly never think of pulling it any more because its a real thing of pride now for me knowing i grew it. I do however have a compulsive urge to spilt my spilt ends which is something i havent overcome yet but baby steps!!
Just hang in there, it's not a futile mission. You will get there.

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I started pulling my hair when i was about 13. At first I didn't realise what i was doing. Over the months my hair became incredibly damaged, broken and uneven. I'd significant bald patches on my sides especially. I got no thrill from pulling my hair but found some satisfaction in it all the same. People started to notice my hair loss and being in an all girls school i was becoming very humiliated by it. I went to a hairdresser in 2013 and I remember she was asking why i had such uneven hair. It is very embarrassing when you suffer from hair puling to try and explain why your hair is the way it is. That day in the hairdresser really put things into perspective for me. I remember thinking I didn't want to be embarrassed like that again. I actually haven't gone to a hairdresser since so its been about 5 years now! But my hair has never been healthier. It took a long time but this year it is finally all the one length which is something i thought i would never ever achieve again. My side hair is now the same length as the rest of my hair and i get my mother and friends to trim the ends for me just to keep it healthy. I'm going to make my first trip back to the hairdresser this month and its a big milestone for me. I would urge you not to loose hope. You can and will over come this. For me it was the realisation of what i was doing that shocked me into overcoming it. I did not want to be like this forever. You can do it. We all can. Its a long road I won't lie. It took me te best part of 5 years to grow my hair to a healthy length again. But i honestly never think of pulling it any more because its a real thing of pride now for me knowing i grew it. I do however have a compulsive urge to spilt my spilt ends which is something i havent overcome yet but baby steps!!
Just hang in there, it's not a futile mission. You will get there.