Should I go to the GP if i pull my hair

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I've been doing it for really long maybe 1 and a half years, but my mum doesn't want me to go . I'm not sure how to book it myself, I just want to stop pulling it. The only reason I asked her was because I'm 15 so i can't do it alone apparently. Can anyone give me instructions on how to do it myself?
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I've been doing it for really long maybe 1 and a half years, but my mum doesn't want me to go . I'm not sure how to book it myself, I just want to stop pulling it. The only reason I asked her was because I'm 15 so i can't do it alone apparently. Can anyone give me instructions on how to do it myself?
Are you doing it more when you are stressed? It is another way of SHing. You can call up your GP and ask for an appointment, and talk to them.
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I think you'd probably be best off seeing a therapist or a psychiatrist. They'll be able to help you, find out your triggers, when it started, events in your life and maybe another alternative to pulling out your hair.
The GP would probably just recommend the same. It's more common than you think it is. I know someone who pulls out her eyelashes and eyebrows. Don't let it beat you down. You're 15 and you'll get through it ❤️
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Are you doing it more when you are stressed? It is another way of SHing. You can call up your GP and ask for an appointment, and talk to them.
Yeah I do it when I'm stressed or i do it randomly and just sit for ages doing nothing but that. I wouldnt call it SHin g tho
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I think you'd probably be best off seeing a therapist or a psychiatrist. They'll be able to help you, find out your triggers, when it started, events in your life and maybe another alternative to pulling out your hair.
The GP would probably just recommend the same. It's more common than you think it is. I know someone who pulls out her eyelashes and eyebrows. Don't let it beat you down. You're 15 and you'll get through it ❤️
Thank you, I don't think my parents would go that far, that's why i might go to the GP, I'm just not sure how
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Yeah I do it when I'm stressed or i do it randomly and just sit for ages doing nothing but that. I wouldnt call it SHin g tho
do you do it to the point where you feel the pain? dyu know that you have gone too far?
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do you do it to the point where you feel the pain? dyu know that you have gone too far?
I think i just find it satisfying even when there's pricks of pain
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Thank you, I don't think my parents would go that far, that's why i might go to the GP, I'm just not sure how
Is there a pastoral care team at your school? They will be able to sort something out for you. I know the school isn't probably who you'd want to tell but they have access to plenty of services and they have to keep it confidential.
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Is there a pastoral care team at your school? They will be able to sort something out for you. I know the school isn't probably who you'd want to tell but they have access to plenty of services and they have to keep it confidential.
Thank youu! I'll try to get courage to tell them
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Hi, this is probably a sort of OCD! Go to your Gp and get referred to a psychiatrist and therapist. It’s called trichotillomania. I do the same but with my skin. I also find it satisfying. Definitely go see a doctor for it. Your mum doesn’t know how serious this is or she doesn’t see it as an illness.
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Hi, this is probably a sort of OCD! Go to your Gp and get referred to a psychiatrist and therapist. It’s called trichotillomania. I do the same but with my skin. I also find it satisfying. Definitely go see a doctor for it. Your mum doesn’t know how serious this is or she doesn’t see it as an illness.
Hi thank you, do therapists or psychiatrists cost money ?
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Hi thank you, do therapists or psychiatrists cost money ?
Only if it’s private
It might take a while due to the horrendously long waiting list but it’s worth it. Your Gp can also prescribe you Sertraline which reduces anxiety which causes you to pull out your hair. Take the medication while you’re on the waiting list. Then you’ll start therapy. BUT if they say they’re only going to treat you for 2 months, say that you need at least a year long treatment because people usually relapse after 2 months. You need more time than that. Later if you realise you’re better but not fully better, ask your psychiatrist to change your meds. Sometimes you’d have to change the meds for something that suits your body.
If you have any more questions please tell me!

Also a psychiatrist is a doctor that monitors your meds! However a therapist is not a doctor but does therapy with you.

My psychiatrist is also a therapist but she’s private from abroad and I video call her for 30 min sessions which are great.
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Only if it’s private
It might take a while due to the horrendously long waiting list but it’s worth it. Your Gp can also prescribe you Sertraline which reduces anxiety which causes you to pull out your hair. Take the medication while you’re on the waiting list. Then you’ll start therapy. BUT if they say they’re only going to treat you for 2 months, say that you need at least a year long treatment because people usually relapse after 2 months. You need more time than that. Later if you realise you’re better but not fully better, ask your psychiatrist to change your meds. Sometimes you’d have to change the meds for something that suits your body.
If you have any more questions please tell me!

Also a psychiatrist is a doctor that monitors your meds! However a therapist is not a doctor but does therapy with you.

My psychiatrist is also a therapist but she’s private from abroad and I video call her for 30 min sessions which are great.
Thank you!! I think I pull my hair also when I get bored - sort of or zoned out, I tried stress balls but they don't help really . Do u think that the meds will help with concentration aswell?
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Thank you!! I think I pull my hair also when I get bored - sort of or zoned out, I tried stress balls but they don't help really . Do u think that the meds will help with concentration aswell?
I had intrusive thoughts with my ocd so they’ve almost died down, I don’t pick my skin much anymore except whenever I get really really terrifyingly stressed. It really does help with concentration but sometimes the first med you use isn’t the one that will have effect but sometimes it could do! All our bodies are different so will react to medication differently because of our dna.
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I had intrusive thoughts with my ocd so they’ve almost died down, I don’t pick my skin much anymore except whenever I get really really terrifyingly stressed. It really does help with concentration but sometimes the first med you use isn’t the one that will have effect but sometimes it could do! All our bodies are different so will react to medication differently because of our dna.
Ok thank you so much for the advice!! I was hoping that it could help with concentration such asfor studying, instead of picking my hair
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Ok thank you so much for the advice!! I was hoping that it could help with concentration such asfor studying, instead of picking my hair
It definitely will
explain everything to the Gp that youve told me. Good luck!!
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Yes I wouldn’t definitely recommend speaking to your GP so they can refer you to a specialist/for therapy etc. I wish I’d done that years ago when I used to pull out my hair
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