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Trichotillomania

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veggiegirl3

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Hello! Does anyone here have trichotillomania ? If so, do you have any tips on how to stop this? I have struggled with this on and off for years, but this is the worst it's been in 15 years. Any tips you have would be appreciated!
 
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Sorry other than doing a Sinead O'connor I can't think of anything
 
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Hiya veggiegirl - this is going to sound strange. We can leave the official name of this condition, but we don't allow specifics of self harm described on the forum. I know that anyone looking up the word will get what you mean but we can have immediate trigger apparent. I hope you understand :)

I don't know anything specifically with this condition and only give general ideas which you must have thought about like good therapy, not just to know why you do it, but also give you techniques to help to reduce or stop it. Like all self harm, its addictive and it works to lessen stress/crisis levels. But as you know, it only works very short term and then the need to use it again increases.

What I would suggest is that you think of how to use physical things other than self harm, to ease tension. By that I mean, using the 5 senses such as smelling something you love (perfume for me!), eating something you love the flavour of. BUT the trick isn't to just do that, its to do it VERY slowly. So suppose I am strung out, I get a piece of chocolate, look at it, smell it, put it on my tongue and let it start to dissolve before slowly chewing it. You can do that with the water cascading down in a shower looking like sparkles as well. Come up with your own ideas.

The reasoning is that by doing it very slowly, you are tuning into the body, but also getting your mind to calm and switch off the tension. The tension/thoughts will reassert themselves, repeatedly, but each time you just notice them, don't try to ban them (that makes them stronger), but draw your mind back to the very simple thing you are doing - like eating a piece of chocolate.

Gradually, over time, your mind will be able to trigger out of the stress to a calmer place more easily. It does work, but you have to be willing to practise this over and over to create new neural pathways in your mind which override the old ones which lead to trichotillomania. I don't like it when you are advocated to do something similar but not harmful as that still keeps the impulses strong.

Any help? I hope others might come along with good ideas too. xxx
 
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veggiegirl3

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I am so sorry! I didn't mean to break forum rules. I don't think of it as self harm., because that is not my intention, so I did not think to look at the self-harm post rules. Again, I am really sorry.

I appreciate your suggestions!
 
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