i hope that someone will read this and see something they've been looking for. maybe not. i dont know. ive had trichotillomania since the 4th grade. its nearly 8 years later, and in the fall im leaving for college, almost completly free of this burden. i overcame this without meds or therpy. im writing this for anyone who doesnt want to get get on medication, or who is, but they arnt working, and therpy isnt working- cause that feeling sucks. it feels like there is no hope, and nothing is working. please beleive me, you will get over this if you want to enough. you have to be strong. stronger than you've been. for years i tried tieing my hands to the backboard or my bed, or wore bandana to prevent me from pulling. id put toothpaste on my hands at night and in school sit on my hands.i realized after a few years that these methods werent ever going to help me because i wasnt CHOOSING to quit pulling, something was PREVENTING me from doing so. this sounds crazy, but try talking to yourself. the next time you find yourself alone, and your hand subconsciencly lingers to your scalp. stop. and underyourbreath, say something to yourself to help you CHOOSE to not pull. for me i found it comforting to say "no. you dont need to do this" and id stop myself. and it felt good to abstain from something i wanted so much. and eventually i didnt need it. sure everyonce and a while ill accidentially pull. but it doesnt feel good anymore. it feels silly. and i think back and wonder why i always thought it felt so good. ps- if what you are doing is helping you, keep it up. this advice it not meant to change your treatment, just to advise those who feel nothing is working.
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