Recognition And Reformation

I found out 2 weeks ago that what I was doing compulsively did indeed have a name. I've been pulling eyebrows, head hair, eyelashes, arm hair, leg hair, you name it! since I was 8 years old. Finally, after 12 years, I'm not in denial about it just being a habit out of control; I'm finally ready to get some help, to go talk to a therapist, to put an end to all these patches of missing hair but something different is holding me back now: I'm scared. I'm ashamed. I've never told anyone about this before. I've done my best to hide it from everyone I've ever met. I now realize I have been living with this nearly my whole life and I have never told a soul. I haven't even said it out loud to my damn self even. This will change, though, this come January 2013. I will make an appointment with the therapist after I get back to school and I will sit down and talk to her about it until we can figure out how to make me stop. I will learn to not be hindered by this hair-pulling obsession. I will not be ashamed of what I am born into. People: my name is Katie and I have trichotillomania.
NarcoleptcSmurf NarcoleptcSmurf
18-21, F
1 Response Dec 16, 2012

I have the same problem, I pull my head hair out. It used to be a lot where it was noticeable, but now i do it little by little. I was told it was because of stress and anxiety. I can't really stop because I sometimes do it without even realizing it. I think it's good that you're going to get help, good luck :)