5th grade. That was about 7 years ago. At first, it wasn't compulsive, but i had other habits that were. My other habits were biting my nails, over scratching, and picking at little bumps on my arms and legs.
I remember the night when i knew it had became out control. I was watching TV, unable to sleep, and unconsciously pulled out virtually all the hair on my crown, vertically and horizontally, creating perpendicular lines. I became sick with what I had done. I immediately called my mom to my room, shocked with what I had done to myself. She was surprised and seemed overwhelmed. I wanted to cry and hide. My embarrassment was indescribable.
A few weeks later, my mom had done some research to try and find out what my issue had been. She found that I suffered from Trichotillomania, a OCD related disorder.
Growing up, I've always been stubborn, not wanting help and trying to figure things out on my own. I refused to face the fact that I had an issue, and pushed it away. I lived this way for years, and its to the point now where I need help, tips, and support.
I am hoping that talking to people with this shared disorder will help me find a way to heal, and maybe help others on their own way to recovery.