Ptsd Leads To TrichI was 15 when i was raped by my boyfriend, my best friend. About a week later, people started to notice i was pulling out my hair. It started with splitting the split ends. Then to breaking off pieces. Then finally pulling out any hair that didn't feel right. I went from hair past my shoulders to pretty much a buzz cut in a month. I never told anyone about the rape, so they just assumed i was losing mind for no reason. I was diagnosed with trichotillomania, along with 9 other mental disorders. It sucked, and took three years, but i finally opened up to a therapist and told her i was raped, after a while we put two and two together and realized that was my trigger. Four years later, I'm still pulling out my hair. I do it without realizing, even when i sleep. It's a burden, but i have yet to find anything to help me stop. I have friends and family who know about it, and try to stop me, but that only makes it worse. I need a way to cease from doing it, at least a little bit. A pill (paxil didn't work), or something. What works for you? I was doing so well for a while, but I'm back to bald spots.
shylafreshman 22-25, F 1 Response 0 Feb 1, 2013