Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling) Support Group

Impulsive control disorder is the inability to resist an urge, temptation, or impulse, even when it may cause negative effects to the self or to others. If you or a loved one suffers from impulsive contorl disorder, join the community to find support and share your challenges with others who know what you're going through.

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My trich story

I've been dealing with trich since I was 12, when my parents divorced. I stopped as soon as someone at school noticed. I went 10 years without pulling until I started planning my wedding. It wasn't bad but got worse when I got pregnant and I've been pulling since (6 years). I joined this group because I don't talk to anyone in my life about this and I'm hoping to talk to people who can relate and maybe even meet people who have beat trich and learn what they did to stop it. Anyways, that's my story.  

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trichiecat
trichiecat

You're not alone. I too started at 12...(maybe sooner) I believe it started as soon as my stepfather came into my life.... I can go for stretches without pulling but then something triggers it; stress, boredom, anxiety,..... At some point I get my mirror out to check my "SPOT"and by that time it has usually become very obvious so I say out loud to myself "well I need to stop again". I always hope it's for good.
I wish you well.....
KeepCalm_CarryOn
KeepCalm_CarryOn

I'm the same way, I had stopped pulling (not completely but a whole lot less than I do now) but now I'm pregnant and my anxiety has gone through the roof. I can't get out and do much since I'm in my third trimester and get tired terribly fast. Most of the time I'm stuck at home due to the fact that I have no car and stuck in my room because my gma keeps the house at 75 degrees. My room is the only one with an A/c and 75 degrees is too hot for me (especially now). Since I'm stuck in this situation I'm pulling out more than ever before...
getbacktoserenity
getbacktoserenity

I think that being confined inside is a trigger for many people with impulse control disorders. Its important to get essential sunlight and exercise.
I am also reminded of lab animals that pick at themselves when caged for long periods of time. This is how I often act during winter, with the cold weather, a shorter day, and not much to do outside. Cabin fever is no fun.
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