can Trichotillomania be associated with ptsd?

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i have been diagnosed with ptsd, as i suffer from flashbacks after long term abuse, during these flashbacks i pull out my hair. I never thought about doing it before it just happened. since i have seen a documentory about trichotillomania and discovered i have had symptons for years for example i have twisted and played with my hair since i was in nursery! so i was wondering if anyone else knows of anything similar to this? is it heard of? anything asscosciating would help. Feel quitte alone with this :(
 
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Hey there,
i think trichotillomania mostly occurs in children and apparently they grow out of it, im not sure i dont know too much about it, but im pretty much an expert on PTSD having suffered with it for what feels like a lifetime. I know that when your going through a particularly hard time with ptsd pretty much anything can happen. Various forms of self harm, mutilation to just completley losing the plot. It could be Ptsd, but i the hair pulling seems a little unusual to me. You could get some advice off a doctor?
 
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hi, thanks, im sixteen and as far as i know i definatley have ptsd i was diagnosed over a year ago and admitted to a phyciatric hospital. my hair pulling only occurs during these flashbacks, alough i do sometimes get the urge to pull it out at other times the fact that i am aware of myself and the shame i feel enables me to prevent myself but during the flashbacks i have no control. i donot understand it and it makes me feel like a freak. as far as i know im the only person? :/
 
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im sixteen too, and believe me your not a freak!! ive done weirder things when ive gone through a bad day of ptsd :S it can be pretty crap but everyone reacts to stress diffrently
 
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really?, yeah i have done some pretty bad things during bad patches its just weird how the hairpulling doesn't seem known. but yeah i guess i should just accept it and keep trying to figure out how to get better. so do you have any advice on how to prevent flashbacks?
 
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im afraid not, If they mostly occur at night when your trying to get to sleep the best way to prevent them is to be relaxed as possible, maybe make a routine of relaxing things like a nice meal/drink, bath, a nice film and then get into bed when you feel sleepy. If your difficult like me and they come during lessons at school, then theres no way out of it i think. So far ive realised if you keep your mind busy on something then its less likely to happen.
i know that that hair pulling disorder can be recognised, if you do things like pull out your eyelashes or maybe pluck your eyebrows a bit obsessivley. i think if it begins to get really serious you should look into it being a possibility, but if its nothing to worry about too much then just relax a little and think of it as a bad ptsd thing
 
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thankyou and yes i know exactly what you mean about during lessons at school and to make things worse i developed these symptons only a few months after starting a new school 250 miles away from all my friends and everything i knew. including my family as i came into care two weeks after moving. I do try to keep myself busy but consentration is quite hard at the moment too. I think doing something physical is probably the best thing so far but i am the worst at sports or anything like that
 
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if your going through GCSE's at the moment i offer you so much sympathy. im piled with coursework and the knowlage that my future lies in a few crappy exams in the summer... Ptsd just makes everything worse :S
 
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no i think im the year above you i ended up doing my gcse's in the hospital so obviously wasnt good :( i managed to scrapee a c im eng but if i was well i would have done so much better my future is so bleak at the moment i tried to go college for a bit but my concentration and flashbacks wwere making things bad so i donot know what to do now. when i left the hospital things seemed so much better i think living so close to my family is making things worse as i was abused ny my dad and now i see him in the street its so scary :( tell me if i should stop i dont want to upset you
 
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oh believe me its fine, ive come to terms with my abuse and i was abused by family too, my step brother. I know how you feel apart from my brother is currently serving time in prison for what he did. I actually talk about it quite alot on the forum so dont worry about upsetting me. im a tough cookie. Why dont you report him?
 
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well heres the story........... ( just incase you want to back out while you got the chance lol)

since i was about three my dad abused me sexually, he took photos, touched me etc as i got older he started to rape me.
he then started to give me drugs to sedate me and would take me to other houses and prostitute me, alot of filming, torture and so on. he would take me to these places at the weekend were there were about 30 kids we wernt allowed to talk to each other and people used to come pick the kids they wanted and we had to participate in videos. there was this cabin place he used to tie me up in, drugs, different men no food for a week. i would get really ill. anyway loads of stuff inc pregnancies. when i just turnt 15 i moved house and without my friends for distraction, even though they didnt know, i guess i must have cracked i told a teacher at school then ran out. i sat on the harbour all evening and eventually walked into the sea. the first time i ever tried to kill myself. the next day i came into care away from my 8 siblings and parents my dad was interviewed and taken out of the family home. time went by my whole family turnt there back on me they just have so much loyalty to my dad (hes powerful and really clever). i developed ptsd went into hospital, my dad went to court, there wasnt enough evidence and he got to go home happy as larry. now im left unable to protect my little sisters or go home. yea thats alot of writting :(
 
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oh my god i really dont get that. You went through so much and that scum is still walking around the streets!? there must be something? all it took to convict my brother for 6 years were a few abusive texts and my word. i had to go and do a video interview with the police and explain everything that happened. it was shown in court and he got locked up. isnt there anything you can do at all? thats just horrible how someone can get away with that.
 
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i did the video interview, but my dad aint stupid. also they told my dad what was going on beforethey searched the house soooooo for example they found the computer but the hard drive with the memory on was missing! hmmmm how convenient! yet not enough evidence to prosecute,!!!! stupid police it was practically....

phone rings
dad:" hello?"
police:"hello this is the police just to let you know we will be arresting you and doing a search in your house in a couple of days"
dad: "ok cool thanks will phone the storage company"


urghhh! so annoying oh well hes going blind now- karma!
 
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If my abuse was as bad as that, i think i would end up killing him.
 
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i hate it when people say that: about my abuse being worse. i think everything is just as bad just different.
anyway i know this might sound weird but i do love him still how can i not he's my dad! anyway thanks for talking to me, positive change to my sleepless nights :)

have drank 2 litres of coke and am wondering why i have only just discovered the choclate malteser bunnies in the fridge!
okay sorry obviously i have gone a bit nutty sorry :s
 
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well i can understand the love thing. if you check my blog you will see that ive drafted a letter to my brother in prison! love is a funny thing isnt it :s and abuse is bad no matter what, but you have just been through loads. you deserve atleast a big hug or something! and i wish i had malteaser bunnies :(
 
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i dont really know how to use this yet-only just joined.
but i think i found it about the letter to your brother in prison?!- that must be really hard! and brave.
yea i guess the love thing is weird but then thats unconditional love for you.
its cool i'll hug my cat........ouch it scratched me lol oh well
you seem to help alot of people on this, thats really nice have you ever thought about a proffesion in mental health?
*cyber malteaser bunny* x
 
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Hahaha a professional ^^ no, its never crossed my mind. i just read what people write and i just speak from experiance. its all about understanding the person, their motivation and what they want to do. it kind of upsets me when i see people on here that want to kill themselves. its hard because i dont know what to say, i mean like its hard to try and save people over the internet. but i do try :S Psychology is something that i think would deflate me. solving problems comes naturally to me and if i had to study about all of that then it would just put me off :S
i wish i had a cat. they sound so fun. my friends cat rips up her christmas presents and attacks her tree at christmas. its adorable
 
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your obviously just one of those amazing people with the strenght to carry on despite your past and still continue to care about a world that doesnt seem to have cared for you much. helping people and livin your life thats good. cheesy but true. i've had cats all my life so the novelty has kind of worn off one time we had 11 cos two had kittens at once lol. only one now thou the strange thing about this cat is it alsways sleeps with a dog bone :/
 
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I havent quite given up on the world yet! I have my bad days and my random crazy moments but other than that i can give advice that i think could help someone! im only 16 so im not really qualified to tell people what to do, its quite weird, i wonder if people actually use my advice :D
Oh yum! just looked at the pancake day thread in the chill out cafe :D
I love fluffy animals, when i was growing up i used to have loads of hamsters but we stopped getting them because they didnt live very long and it would upset my mum when they died. but we have 2 tortoises 2 corn snakes and 1 bearded dragon. the tortoises can live over 60 years, the snakes over 30 and the lizzard im not sure.. but a while. my mum only really lets us have reptiles because she gets upset when animals die, and she doesnt like dog hair. shes a bit of a clean OCD! heh