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30 Oct 2006

compulsive hair pulling
Please give advice if you can- I am a compulsive hair puller. Ever since I was young I have pulled my hair out. If I'm not pulling it out, I'm twisting it and snapping it off. I do this both in happy and in sad stressful times. I do not have any other nervous habits.

Question # 1: will my LO learn this habit from me? I am horrified she might and I don't want her to suffer this fate. I try really hard no to touch my hair when I'm around her but I know I do it absent mindedly.

Question # 2: how can I stop this? I hate doing it and there's always hair all over the place. I have in the past cut my hair very short- too short to pull or break but to no avail. Substitute this for another behaviour? I'm considering hypnosis as it's getting too much, I've been doing it for thirty odd years.

Thank you, your advice is appreciated.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Trichitillomania. Very treatable if you'd see a good psychologist, especially one practising CBT. No real reason to expect a child to learn it from you. Hypnosis is NOT the right treatment for this condition, but such bad behaviours respond very well to CBT and beghaviour therapy.
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