INdiana Systemic Thinking

December 31, 2007

Pulling Your Hair Out: Not Just A Metaphor.

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MSNBC has a good article on Trichotillomania.  For those not familiar with the condition, it is a compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair, usually as a coping mechanism for stress.  It is one of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, but does have it’s own diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition-Revised (DSM-IVR).  It can be anywhere from mildly annoying to outright debilitating for it’s suffers. 

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  1. […] INdiana Systemic Thinking: Pulling Your Hair Out: Not Just A Metaphor. INdiana Systemic Thinking: Pulling Your Hair Out: Not Just A Metaphor. MSNBC has a good article on Trichotillomania.  For those not familiar with the condition, it is a compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair, usually as a coping mechanism for stress.  It is one of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, but does have it’s own diagnostic criteria in the Diag… Read the full post from BlogNetNews.com » Indiana via Blogdigger blog search for Compulsion. […]

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  2. do you know any ideas to stop pulling your hair????
    and do you pull your self?????
    and how do you know this???
    does any one close to your famliy do it?????
    and how big can it get???
    for little girls????
    cause i am one my self!!!
    so are you a doctor&psychologist

    caroline

    Comment by caroline, age 10 — April 27, 2008 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

    • It all depends on the type of hair pulling you do. Some people just make sure to always keep their hands bus. Others wear a bracelet that jingles to allow them to hear their hand go to their head because some people do it subconsciously. Many therapists will help you to change your thought patterns to be more positive to hopefully get rid of some of the stress. It’s best to talk to a therapist. I know because not only do I pull, my aunt and my grandma used to (for some people it goes away), and I have researched it. worst case scenario you could be bald and not have eyebrows or eyelashes. (People pull in other areas too but those are the most common.)I am not a doctor or a psychologist. I’m just a 19 year old Trichotillomaniac. I know this is years too late and I hope you already got the help you needed but if not, I hope this helps Caroline.

      Comment by Kay — April 1, 2015 @ 9:24 pm | Reply


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