Alyssa E.

Location:

New York, NY

Member since:

October 25, 2013

How long have you been suffering from TTM or skin picking?

In various forms, since the 7th grade, but I did not realize it for what it was until this past year (I am now 25) so I guess that would be about 14 years. But the behavior has been off and on, starting with eyelashes, then eyebrows, then arm/leg hair, then armpit hair. I stopped all these, but I went jumping from one to the next- In my head these were all grooming techniques. Two years ago I moved onto pulling out coarse/dark hairs from my scalp and I am stuck here. This is when I realized I had a problem, I find hours of my life vanishing.

What have you tried so far to help reduce the behavior?

I have tried picking up my phone to play a game, wearing a headband and pulling my hair back to cover the spot I am pulling at, keeping a tally of days that I go pull-free.

Do you want information about individual therapy with Dr. Shinar?

Yes.

What would you like covered at these meetups?

Why have I started pulling? How can I cope? How can I stop?

How did you hear about our meetup?

Tric.org

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