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I didn't realize there was a forum for this. I pick and pull hair and I've been discreet about it forever. I never knew it was related to anxiety or perhaps a childhood trauma. I also pick my nals and bite them. I'm looking forward to learning more about this so I can help myself. I think deep down I have a big fear/anxiety issue related to rejection and shocking news. When I was 16 a close friend killed herself - my day was normal until then. I think it messed with my perception that things were safe. It scared me because my home life fell apart after that eventually leading my parents to divorce and a slew of other problems. I don't think I ever addressed this because I thought if I said it I was disloyal to my family whom I love very much.