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Stitch8989 , 11 Mar 2018

Eyebrows to eyelashes to now my hair.

It all started when I was 7. I started pulling out my eyebrows. My mom noticed and told me to stop, the fear making me stop. But after a couple months I started pulling out my eyelashes. The fear stopped it again. But 2 years later, I moved to a new city. The stress made me start to pull out my hair. I don’t know when I’m doing it, I try to stop but the fear won’t fix it. I started to feel scared and lonely, like I was the only one. I’m getting better, but it won’t stop. I try my best to look normal but my bangs are gone, there’s bald patches on the sides of my head. I try my best to hide it but I notice people staring at me in school and public. I’m starting to realize when I’m doing it. I learned when I’m doing it by sitting on the floor in my bedroom, staring at nothing, arms stiff. But sometimes I can’t stop.

I know I’m not the only one but no one comes out so it feels like it. People are too scared to come out and tell. I know that. So don’t come screaming at me saying I’m wrong. Please keep your opinions to yourself. But I know for a fact some people are scared to come out and tell. I am too. But I am now 10, going through the same thing I did years ago

2 Answers
March 14, 2018
I have a daughter who is 9 she has started pulling her eyelash out . she did pull her hair out for a bit but stopped .i have be to the doctors and not much help for her really don't know where to turn now.
March 19, 2018
I started at age 7. It started when my dad left. I first pulled my eyelashes and I recall it feeling really good. I pulled them all out then went to my eyebrows then my hair. I am now an adult and I’ve stopped pulling my eyelashes and eyebrows years ago. They grew back thankfully but I can’t stop pulling my hair. I don’t have visible bald spots but I have a couple smaller ones that are easy to hide. No one knows I do this and I’m ashamed. I found this group in hopes I can find help. I want to stop and I fear that I’ve ruined my hair follicles and my biggest fear is what will my hair look like if it grows back? Will it be noticeable like sticking up? I’ve never been able to quit long enough to find out. I think I was able to quit pulling my lashes and brows because they it was more obvious to others. I’m ashamed that my husband doesn’t even know and I’m scared to let anyone know. I feel helpless. I’m so sorry you are going through this but you are so young, talk to someone and get the help now. Don’t end up like me, a mom, a wife and it’s my biggest secret I keep :(

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