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id1113 , 20 Mar 2018

New to this

Hi everyone.

I have been pulling my hair for as long as I can remember (I'm 19 now), but only just recently realized it wasn't normal. It's mostly my eyelashes and eyebrows. I thought everyone sometimes had like "that one hair" that you can feel needs to come out so you pull until it's out. Like I seriously thought it was normal because I've been doing it for so long. About 2 months ago I was talking with my therapist and it came up and I realized it's not normal. Not everyone pulls out their hair. Ever since I found out it wasn't normal it has stressed me out even more which then makes me pull more which then stresses me out more so it's this never ending cycle of stress and anxiety and pulling. I pulled out half of my eyebrow tonight and I don't know what to do. I've already been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, have been in therapy for almost a year, and have been on 40mg of Prozac for almost a year. Does anyone have any advice? I'm starting to feel helpless with this as it escalates.

1 Answer
April 03, 2018
There are some people that have learned to self-accept it.

Other people use barrier methods like wigs, hats, acrylic nails and glasses.

Then there are people who do habit reversal therapy with competing response training. My daughter did well with this. She used a cooling product on her eye brows and scalp;

Essentially when you feel the urge to pull, you apply the cooling product as a competing response. it's not cure but it's better than clenching your fists.

If you aren't aware of your pulling, try keen or another bracelet. Can't hurt. Best of luck!

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