Trich-Up-My-Sleeve

Trich up my sleeve

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When I stared at the mirror and tried to recognize the girl without eyebrows, eyelashes, and bangs as myself and failed, I knew something had gone horribly wrong. It’s hard to recognize yourself when you’ve pulled at your eyebrows so consistently that there is almost nothing left. It’s hard to believe you could have done something so destructive to your face, and that tomorrow you have to go to school pretending nothing is different.
Marni Bates, Marni (via missslightning)

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Love Yourself: How to Stop Trichotillomania - Trichotillomania Disorder

I just read your post, and as a fellow trcihotillomaniac, I have a few things to say. First of all, trich is not an obsessive compulsive disorder. The DSM-V categories it as an impulse control disorder, specifically under body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Second, people with this disorder do not have to pull from just their scalp; many others pull from their eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic area. Third, people suffering from this disorder do not have to just reverse “back to calm thoughts, spirit, and nerves”. I can be completely calm, yet still be pulling. This is a disease, not a bad habit. Also, you wrote: “There are other things to do with your life, rather than time with hair pulling. There’s 24 hours in each day that should be spent wisely and productive, to make a better future for ourselves.” Excuse me? Do you really think I want to spend my day pulling? It’s not a choice! Trichotillomania is a mental illness that people suffer from, and there is currently no cure. I like your list of hobbies, but many of us still pull while doing these hobbies. You also wrote that “It will get better; you won’t be a hair puller for the rest of your life.” I admire you optimism, but trich doesn’t just go away. Some of us might be doing this for the rest of our lives. It’s about accepting ourselves for who we are. Additionally, you wrote that people with this disorder should talk to their doctor about it. I agree on this, but it is easier said than done. Most doctors have never heard of this disorder and therefore cannot properly treat it. It also takes a lot of guts to confess to anyone, including your doctor, that you pull out your hair. One of your suggestions was to mark off days that you don’t pull. This approach is not for anyone. Many of us can’t go one hour without pulling, let alone one day. Visually seeing that you can’t stop pulling for one day is very distressing and can actually trigger you to pull more. My final comment is that your post links to another trich page, that says: “It takes 30 days of not pulling hair to break this habit and urges.” That is false. People can go for years without pulling and then start back up. I understand that you got this information from a book titled “30 Day Rehab Challenge for Trichotillomania: Overcome Trichotillomania.” This book is NOT endorsed by the Trichotillomania Learning Center, which includes a group of scientists researching the disorder and other BFRBs. Overall, I found your post to be disappointing, though I appreciate your positive message.

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So I’ve come to realize I really don’t have to play with my tangle, I just wear it on my finger and feel a little better. And most people think it’s a fat ass ring anyways. 
I’ve also come to find that acrylics have stopped the pulling and the nail biting [which I stopped freshman year and started again senior year] and they are less than $30 and done really well.
Unfortunately I lightly gnaw at the sides of my acrylics and my eyes still itch and make me want to pull but I’m taking it little by little and am short weeks away from full sets again.
Wondering though…having things customized make me feel better and may sound corny but I want to find a metal tangle that I can get engraved so I can fee the ridges and have something to read or remind my not to pull. Do you/or any of your followers know if they make any titanium tangles? Mine is actually plastic with a chrome coating. 
Thank you and I love your blog [x].

So I’ve come to realize I really don’t have to play with my tangle, I just wear it on my finger and feel a little better. And most people think it’s a fat ass ring anyways. 

I’ve also come to find that acrylics have stopped the pulling and the nail biting [which I stopped freshman year and started again senior year] and they are less than $30 and done really well.

Unfortunately I lightly gnaw at the sides of my acrylics and my eyes still itch and make me want to pull but I’m taking it little by little and am short weeks away from full sets again.

Wondering though…having things customized make me feel better and may sound corny but I want to find a metal tangle that I can get engraved so I can fee the ridges and have something to read or remind my not to pull. Do you/or any of your followers know if they make any titanium tangles? Mine is actually plastic with a chrome coating. 

Thank you and I love your blog [x].