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    12-04-2012, 10:41 PM
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Weanling
Exclamation BAD habits...can anyone please help?

I've had an issue with nail biting for as long as I can remember. My parents tried to stop it, but I never kicked the habit. I'm almost 17, and I still do it just as badly. We've tried everything...taping my fingers, buying bitter polish to put on them, giving manicures, clipping/filing them frequently, and doing the rubber band thing. Nothing.

If for whatever reason I can't bite, or I just choose not to at that particular moment, I've gotten into the habit of hair-pulling. I won't always pull the hair out, but I pull at the strands constantly to the point where it is falling out and my hair is getting thin on the sides.
Even if I put it back and pin up my bangs, the second a strand falls out, I start doing it without thinking.

I do see a counselor/psychiatrist, and I take medications for major depression and severe anxiety. I've had a history of post-traumatic and eating disorders, but that hasn't been an issue in quite some time. Since last year, my mood has been great, better than it has been in probably my entire life. But these habits are still, well, habits. I rarely feel anxious anymore...only a little bit in the afternoon for the last few hours of school.

I'm having a hard time seeing whether or not this is due to anxiety, or boredom. Or just that I've gotten the habit and now I can't stop. I'm not expecting to get this fixed in a timely fashion...I know it will take time. Especially because it's two different habits equally as destructive.

Does anyone have any tips or anything?
     
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    12-04-2012, 11:35 PM
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Yearling
I don't have any tips, but I wish you luck. I pull my eyelashes. I don't have depression or anxiety, its just something I've always done. When I get bored ill sit and pull my eyelashes. They don't always come out, sometimes they do. I'm glad they grow back fast enough that you can't really tell I do it.

With it being winter, would wearing a beenie help with your hair pulling issue? Can't pull it if toucant get to it right?
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    12-04-2012, 11:45 PM
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Trained
Make sure your therapist is aware of the problems. They can stem from any number of things.

To "cure" nail biting, try getting acrylic tips put on and have them filed square and short.
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    12-05-2012, 01:06 AM
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Hair pulling is called Trychotillamania. Or however you spell it. It's a form of OCD. I have it, too. I have been a hair puller since I was 16. I am 54. It never goes away. Trych is one of the hardest such compulsions to stop. Very few people ever do. Meds like Prozac can help, and you can modify your habit a bit. I keep my hair very short and this helps. I am usually able to stop when I start to get a very noticeable bald spot, but it is always affecting my appearance. It is a self soothing action. I find it almost impossible to be on the phone (land line) for any length of time without pulling. Sucks, . . Sure does.
     
    12-05-2012, 01:13 AM
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Trained
Isn't it difficult to "cure"(not sure if that word is appropriate?) because the pulling releases endorphins ?
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    01-13-2013, 08:01 PM
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Hair pulling is called Trychotillamania. Or however you spell it. It's a form of OCD. I have it, too. I have been a hair puller since I was 16. I am 54. It never goes away. Trych is one of the hardest such compulsions to stop. Very few people ever do. Meds like Prozac can help, and you can modify your habit a bit. I keep my hair very short and this helps. I am usually able to stop when I start to get a very noticeable bald spot, but it is always affecting my appearance. It is a self soothing action. I find it almost impossible to be on the phone (land line) for any length of time without pulling. Sucks, . . Sure does.
I also have trichitollomania, and I am 22 and have also done it since I was about 16. I acutally have a little bit longer than shoulder length hair again! When it was really bad I was bald on one side. I have it the worse when I get super upset, instead of knocking people out I pull my hair lol, and I also do it while driving when im super bored. What helps me is being self aware, I will play with other things instead, like a stress ball, pen even bubble wrap! Whatever I can to keep my hands busy. I am also a bad nail biter, and the only thing that helped me was having french tips put on.
     

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