Hair root eating disorder


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October 27, 2011

I am 27 and did this when I was about your age. It started with picking split ends in school and then eventually it was pulling the hair out. First I would find the hairs that felt course and enjoyed the feeling of it coming out, then I noticed the root and did the same as you! I did get a bald patch :( and had to where a hairband and was so embarassed, I knew it was so wrong and eventually I just stopped, however Ive found as I stop one picking habit I just start a new one! I think there is so much more to it than just a bad habit, I feel my picking must be down to anxiety and if Im really honest some family issues I have. I've only seen this forum/website for the first time today and Im amazed at how many people have the same crazy habits I do but its also made me realise that I should speak to my doctor about it as it really isnt normal. I think a bald patch is a big scare I hope you dont get to this point like I did, I think telling your family is a good idea if they realise what your doing they will challenge you when you do it then you will ge fed up of them telling you to stop. Good luck
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October 29, 2011

Tati. Thanks , it kind of gave me a bit of relief that I'm not the only one who does this. I was looking in the mirror and yes I am developing a bold spot -____-. I'm scared to tell my parents . I have been in therapy before because of family issues as well, but it didn't seam to help . I pick my bellybutton as well and it worries me as well. Is there anything you can advice me to do to calm my habits? If so , feel free to write back :) -- thanks Tati .
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December 15, 2013

Hey, I just want to say that you shouldn't be afraid to tell your parents, I know that it's scary to tell them but if you have a disorder, they will have to learn to understand that. I'm 16 and I've had Trich since I was in the 3rd grade ... well thats when I noticed it. When I was in the 4th grade I had to wear bandanas to school because I had bald spots and I was really embarrassed by it. But, I promise you that you're not alone. (I sometimes eat the "roots" too) It's a really hard habit to break, and I have yet to break it still. :( But I do have some methods that help ease the irritation your scalp feels which creates the urge to pull. It doesn't stop it completely, but they help alot. Wear a toque or bandana to bed. Also, alvera oil/gel or calamine lotion also work. If you're considering putting calamine lotion in your hair, make sure you aren't going somewhere in public :P It's more for at night, or lazy stay home days. :P Hope I helped you a bit. Also, there is a youtuber on youtube named beckie0 She suffers through trich too, I don't think she eats the roots of her hair but she pulls it out, and she talks about her trichotillomania and she is really good at showing that you're not alone. :D
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November 13, 2011

Hair pulling is called trichotillomania. Eating the hair is called trichophagia. Like you, I didn't eat the hair, just the white "sheath" around the root. I believe the white sheath is the product of the sebaceous glands. It is skin oil mixed with dead skin cells, I believe Anyway, I like the texture of it in my mouth. If you eat the whole hair, that can be really dangerous because your stomach can't digest hair, so you could get hairballs like a cat! I always hated the product of my sebaceous glands because it made my skin oily and gave me zits. Recently, though, I have learned that that stuff is really good for your face. It not only keeps you from getting wrinkles (which you're probably not worried about yet), it also is a natural protector and kills bacteria. Teenage zits come from hormones. There isn't a whole lot you can do about that except get put on birth control (which I haven't tried). I used to have a whole lot of little to medium-sized bald spots all over my head. It made it really difficult to find a place to part my hair where the bald spots weren't obvious. I even resorted to coloring them in with an eyebrow pencil, smudging, and then hairspraying the hair so it was basically glued to my head. Not exactly flattering; it was the last stop before wig-ville. Now I am on prozac 60 mg. It isn't a miracle drug, but it indirectly helps. I was depressed too, and the prozac helped me be in a better mood, which in turn got me out of the house and gave me less time to pick / pull hair. Also I had less self-hatred because once I was in a better mood I was able to make a few friends. Now I still pull every now and then, but it is a LOT less and I'm not self-conscious about my hair anymore. I can flip it over without wondering what's showing. I am a "focused" puller which means I only pull my hair in front of the mirror in a really intense, determined state. When it comes to picking my skin, I like to be in front of the mirror when popping a zit so that I get to see the "payoff," but I pick scabs absent-mindedly while watching TV, reading, etc.. Some people pull their hair this way...just on the sofa or on their bed while they are bored.
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November 21, 2011

Tati. im glad to hear that this helps out my skin in a way but terrified to think i can develope more bold spots.. i hope i dont.... so far i have two ,the size of a nickle ,in the middle of my head and its embarrising... i can help but to think baddly about myself for doing so and not being able to stop... i have tried to stop but its such a need... im a bit confussed ... do i go to my docotor to get teated fro this disroder or were doi go..??? And what what excatly is teh prozac for ?
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July 24, 2012

OMG! I had no idea that this was a REAL disorder, I thought I was the only person doing this! I've been pulling since I was in the 4th grade I'm now 21! Idk what triggered me to start, my mom took me to the doctor bc she noticed I had patches in my hair. I didn't tell my mom or the doctor I was REALLY going bald because I was pulling out my hair and eating the roots! He told my mom I had a fungus and it was causing my hair to come out in patches smh! I'm so ashamed of this my mom ended up cutting all my hair off in the 5th garde and I had to wear a wig to school ...YES a wig! It was soooo embarrassing I got picked on all the time!! I wasnt "scared" of any of the kids or anything I actually wanted to kick all of their asses but I was afraid that my wig would come off! Now I just wear extensions which I am okay with but I really want to stop pulling! My boyfriend even asks me why don't you ever let me see your real hair. I've stopped pulling before but when my hair grows back I start pulling again.... It's pretty sad! My hair is horrible its uneven and I have bald spots all throughout my head! I'm just going to shave it all off and start over and just HOPE I don't get the urge to pull again!
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October 14, 2012

Please help me I'm bawling right now my mom says I with have my hair cut short if I don't stop I'm almost 16 and its always my left freehand what can I do!?!?!?!?
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December 31, 2012

Hello everyone as you know I suffered from trictillimania for over 16 years. i may able to help Im from toronto and as i was watching tv i saw a hair salon in boston MA where they help with hair pulling by adding a hair piece. i can give you the website noellesalon.com it has helped me!
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March 18, 2013

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November 14, 2013

It will be okay I am 9 and have trichlotomia which is whenever you get nervous yo tend to pull out your hair.the BEST thing to do is to see a therapist for tips.
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February 07, 2017

I am a girl I'm 12 years old I started when I was 7 years old and stoped when I was 8 years old and started again when I was 9 years old my parents got divorced when I was about 7 and she started seaing someone new she broke up with him and started seaing someone new again when I was 8 a few months later I turned 9 and it all started again every through out those years my mom would just yell at me every morning about it other kids including siblings called me mental it made me fell horrible sense I was about 9 or 10 every summer it stopped and every winter it startes up again my mom says I'm older now I can control myself but she just doesn't understand I can't when I was 9-every year so far I go to the doctors and they diagnose me with PANDAS last year they found out I am am a carrier of PANDAS I'm not 100% positive but I think that it's very rare for carriers to get rid of it if you know please let me know I have lost hope of ever getting rid of this I have had it for 6 years someone help
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August 17, 2018

I'm 14 and I've been pulling for 3 yrs. I have all sorts of caps and I sometimes wear a wig. When I pull I eat the root. For me it's a habit because I have OCD. I also do it whenever I'm feeling nervous or need something to do with my hands.
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November 24, 2018

I'm 17 and Ive been pulling for over 5 years. I wanna say it really is so hard to stop but you can do it. There was a period where I could just sit there and pull for hours on end, when I would finally stop there would be a huge pile of hair around me. I remember when I "officially" stopped pulling a few months ago, I woke up and looked at myself in the mirror and just cried for nearly 72 hours straight. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety (which my mom didnt realize until afterwards) which made stopping so much harder but becaude of my huge bald spots I just starting despising myself and wishing I could disappear. Anywho I want to say that yes, stopping is so hard and honestly doesn't feel worth it at first because hair takes kinda a while to grow back and pulling is so tempting but it really is possible and once you start seeing results its so relieving. If youre in the process of stopping I would recommend waiting until theres a fair amount of regrowth and then cutting your hair to about a half inch longer than the regrowth. It makes regrowing bald spots a lot easier because the hair is kin of the sake lengthy even if its shorter than you want. Another benefit of cuttig it is it gives you more volume to work with. Fair warning if you do this and you've pulled on top it can make the top regrowth a little more noticeable. Its not a huge issue but I did this and although it was the best thing, I'm so glad I did it, the regrowth on top does stand on end occasionally. If you hair spray it down or flip the hair over the sticky outy pieces though its no worry. I'm sorry I rambled on about this, I hope somethig is helpful.