New York, NYUSA 10025
October 25, 2013
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.
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.
Why have I started pulling? How can I cope? How can I stop?
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