Originally Posted by _Allegretto_
As child I never bit my nails (the only times I had to is when they broke and they almost made me vomit). Instead I pulled my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. It's similar to biting your nails or chewing the inside of your mouth. It started when I was 7 (I'm 27 now) and I stopped pulling from my scalp and eyebrows but cant seem to stop when it comes to my eyelashes. I'll stop for like 3 months then start again. Not sure why its just a tick. I am trying really hard to avoid these urges.
And trying to do cosplay with this really makes me feel bad.
Anyone else with this?
As a matter of fact, yes. My wife actually has this exact same sickeness and it's been haunting her since she was about 9 years old (she's 25 now). So yeah, just like you, it's an on and off thing. When she goes through stressful periods in her life, she'll pull the hair from her scalp and eyebrows and somtimes she bites her nails. But when she's not typically stressed, then she doesn't do it. After we started having children however (about 7 years ago) then this sickness came back with a vengeance and since then, she's been pulling her hair out like crazy. So much to the point that she has a pretty revealing bald spot on the top of her head and it's REALLY done some damage to her emotionally
And as her husband, it's had it's negative effects on me as well and on our marriage in certain ways. So, trust me, I know EXACTLY what you're going through and I'm so SORRY to know that you're going through this
It's definetly a battle, BUT one that can definetly be won.
First and foremost, you NEED to get help. If you haven't done so already, DEFINETLY START seeing a doctor for this. This is definetly not just a nervous tic, or a bad habit, it's a SICKNESS. And sicknesses CANNOT be overcome unless you reach out for HELP. So definetly start seeing a therapist. They'll probably recommend medication, or some kind of hypno therapy, which may have some mixed results. But for the most part based on the research I've done, it seems to work in most cases. My wife has been seeing one over here for over a year and it's definetly helped her out A LOT.
Also, keep you're hands BUSY. My wife got some putty and she squeezes it everytime she has the urge to pull out her hair and that's helped her out a lot as well. Also, just try to stay occupied. The busier you are, the less you'll think about pulling you're hair. So yeah, thse are little things you can try to do on you're own that can help you out.
Hope this helps and I'll be sure to keep you in my prayers. I know what it's like to have disorders like this too. I was diagnosed with Tourette's when I was younger and it's been an on going battle my whole life. But, just like Trich it's definetly manageable. Best of wishes