Harmless Habit or Trichotillomania?
So I was diagnosed with severe OCD at age 11. I am on medication and I thought I had it under control.
I have had a hair twirling habit since i was younger and I spent most of my life with short hair though recently I've been growing it out. Lately the twirling has turned more into hair pulling. I twirl my hair as hard as I can until it falls out of my head. Right now my scalp actually hurts from pulling so much hair out. Is this trichotillomania? I am trying to stop but its really hard.
I think this is a very important factor of any impulse control disorder. What happens if you pull away from any particular moment of great urge and temptation?I have been trying to explore this aspect recently. It's been difficult to tug myself out of the strong need to self harm, but when I do...it is only if I insist that I am doing it for my well being. I have to talk myself out of the desire...
I have had TTM for about 12 years. Haven't found a forum quite like this one before. Looks great. Has anyone found anything that helps? I have Tried tangles and St John's wort, barriers and general fiddlys. I want one of those fidget cubes I keep seeing everywhere. Thanks for reading...