anyone else have trichotillomania?? it's ruining my life

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im a 15 year old muslim girl who wears a hijab and has trichotillomania. im from canada.


in my english class we have to do a lot of stupid presentations and speeches in front of the class. my teacher is actually an drama teacher so she likes to torture us with going in front of the class and sharing our opinions and ideas. almost once a month.

at the beginning of the year i didn't care, but then i started getting bullied for it and my personality quickly changed from an extrovert to a very insecure introvert. i avoid everyone, even my friends so i don't get hurt. i sit alone at lunch

anyways its almost the end of the semester and she decides to give us a final project: a persuasive speech!!! on my own!!! im presenting soon and i have been having trouble sleeping because i would stay up all night to pull and cut my hair and cry and pray to god that my teacher would cancel it
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I can’t really give you any advice my self but a YouTuber I watch also has trichotillamania and some of her videos may help. Just search Beckie Jane Brown on YouTube and you’ll find her. She also has a channel dedicated to Trich called ‘Trichjournal’ I hope this helps a little x
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(Original post by Anonymous)
im a 15 year old muslim girl who wears a hijab and has trichotillomania. im from canada.


in my english class we have to do a lot of stupid presentations and speeches in front of the class. my teacher is actually an drama teacher so she likes to torture us with going in front of the class and sharing our opinions and ideas. almost once a month.

at the beginning of the year i didn't care, but then i started getting bullied for it and my personality quickly changed from an extrovert to a very insecure introvert. i avoid everyone, even my friends so i don't get hurt. i sit alone at lunch

anyways its almost the end of the semester and she decides to give us a final project: a persuasive speech!!! on my own!!! im presenting soon and i have been having trouble sleeping because i would stay up all night to pull and cut my hair and cry and pray to god that my teacher would cancel it
Have you spoken to your GP about this? How about your school? If you haven't, you would likely really benefit from both so you can get some support and understanding
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trichotillomania is life-ruining. there is nothing worse than people saying "stop pulling your hair out, you will become bald and disfigured". shock tactics never work, they just increase the anxiety and therefore the hair-pulling. the process is addictive. pulling out a hair causes serotonin to be released in your brain, your body's attempt to pain-kill. however, serotonin is an addictive 'happy' hormone and is the reason many are addicted to drugs which may enhance serotonin. many people are afraid of what they do not understand, leading to ignorance and even bullying the person afflicted with the habit. as a fellow trichotillomania sufferer, i feel for you! i am 17 and in my first year of a levels. only my parents know about my condition. i have approached various counsellors who have all suggested barrier methods (eg. wearing gloves, wearing a hat) however this does not stop the urge - the root of the problem. there are many 'quick fixes' advertised out there, a £200 wristband which vibrates to alert you when you pull, even £30 vitamin supplements which claim to stop urges! however, i have my doubts over the effectiveness of these 'treatments', the prices of which are extortionate. the main thing you can do is approach your gp and ask to be referred to a professional who specialises in habitual behaviours and addictions. make clear you are not interested in barrier methods - you want to get to the main issue which are the urges themselves. i apologise for this huge paragraph, but i honestly hppe you get the help you deserve.
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