trichotillomania/"subtle OCD" not diagnosed but obssesive thoughts; actions, etc

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Charity F
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   Posted 5/16/2007 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  in cognito here: anyone suffer from trichotillomania: where you pluck your hair, twist your hair, smell your hair, play with your hair, skin, etc?
I am fairly relaxed and work well in the social world, but I do become obsessive at times on a variety of things..
I was sexually abused as a child and developed soem OCD/Trich where I constantly touch my har and feeling it. It's chronic. I also chronically check my finger nails for cuticles.
Just a wonderin
I have never went to counseling and don't feel it's needed--and maybe just part of being a human: We all have our little twitches, etc
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Charity F
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   Posted 5/17/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hippie Girl, Thank you for your message, I thought I was the only one : /
OCD< depression, anxiety, Chronic pain are so difficult to live with. I was pretty "normal" until Last August when I got rear ended and now have seizures and severe pain 24/7, now my anxiety is 10x worse..

I believe my anxiety started from my stress, anxiety as a child while I was being abused... I now work in social work with families and children in foster care. I think it's sweet how you mention your children's names on your page. You know I also read how you live with "boarderline Personality Disorder" do you mind if I ask which type? ALSO: I want to HIGLY reccommend OPRAH Magazine: So many wonderful articles that have helped me heal from a life time of pain, self esteem issues, relationships issues, etc EVERY month her magazine has wonderful essays, series of stories, etc that are all to HELP US HEAL>
I wish you well and send thoughts and prayers, (Hugs)

Blessings, Charity&Faith

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   Posted 5/18/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Many ppl with a/p do have lil traits that come with the ocd that they do withut knowing it or know it and still do it

I believe it just becomes a habitual thing with the hair

I wil sit and twist the ends of mine while watching TV.......

I had a FANTASTIC mom and I was sexually abused as well but IMHO I dont think that is really relevant IN My CASE

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   Posted 1/18/2013 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I was sexually abused as a child and have had Trichotillomania since I was 9, I am now 52.
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   Posted 1/18/2013 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Valeriesusan and welcome,

I am sorry to hear about your truamatic childhood experience and the resuling issue that it has caused.

Have you sought help for this problem (and other negative issues that the abuse may have left you with?) and did it help?

If you have not, it might be something to look into. It could be the best thing that you could do for yourself.:)

Keep posting here with us if you are looking for a support community. We are always here to listen, understand and care!

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   Posted 1/19/2013 1:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have ocd, and I tug and play with my hair alot, I find that it helps to calm me sometimes. I don't realize I do it so much and there are alot of people out there that do it. I watched a video on utube once and that is how I found out what it was called. And yes I seem to do it more when my anxiety is high. Getting help for this is a great idea. As eventually I would. Good luck keep posting.
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