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Romeo

661d

i want to have nice hair. and from the front, it looks like i do. but if someone is even slightly taller than me or behind me, they can easily see the bald spots. i hate it. i want to be able to go outside without a hat on. i want to be able to do things without fearing what other people are going to think about the bald spots on my head. but most importantly, i want to be able to go places with my mother without her being disappointed in the way i look. i wish i could stop pulling.

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    • Satin

      661d

      I have noticed that with me having most of my hair pretty short and putting clips and stuff in my hair helps because then it is harder to pull and pick at, but I know that might not help everyone

    • Heatherbee

      661d

      Same!! I had to wear hats for years as a teen because of the bald spots. I also pull my eyelashes so I was self conscious about that too. And I recently went back to hats after an IUD made the pulling worse and the bald spots became too obvious. But ever since it started as a teen (same week as I first started my period) no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't avoid pulling my hair, and I was pulling like 100 hairs a day. I finally found a medication that significantly reduces the hair pulling, I've had several days in a row where I haven't pulled a single hair! I still kind of want to pull but it's pretty easy to not, where before it was just hopeless. I think it works by protecting microglia (a type of immune cell in the brain) based on a few studies I've seen (there was a very interesting one that tied together trichotillomania, microglia, anxiety, and female hormones). The medication is mirtazapine 30 mg. At the lower doses I had increased appetite and sleepiness but it went away once I got up to 30 mg, and that's when it really helped with the hair pulling. You might give it a try, ask your doctor.

      • Romeo

        661d

        @Heatherbee i'll definitely mention it to my doctor!! thanks for the advice :D

    • Satin

      661d

      I have noticed that with me having most of my hair pretty short and putting clips and stuff in my hair helps because then it is harder to pull and pick at, but I know that might not help everyone

      • Romeo

        661d

        @Satin i think i'll try the clips! thanks for the advice!

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