Trichotillomania...what to do with no medication?

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Sarina - posted on 12/21/2011

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Hi Jessica. Your not alone! Hugs to you and your family because i know its hard to watch them do this to themselves. I have a nine year old that is going thru this. She has been pulling her hair for two years. Thankfully since June we have been in remission! Unfortunately, there is not a lot of info on this disorder. We went to a psychologist who was great, gave her some tools but in the end it did not stop. We are now going to a women that is a message therapist/Counceler. She is more a new age healer but it's working. Be patient (I know it's hard) but, they really don't want to do this to themselves. The best thing you can do is let them know that you are not angry and that you are their best tool and they need to use you. Also, give lots of love when you bring it to their attention. One more thing, we have a code word for her (her teacher know it) so it brings it to her attention without letting others know what's going on. I am not wanting the drugs either, I Hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 05/13/2010

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Joanna,
How would I find a Hypnosis therapist for my daughter? I really want to try something besides Meds. first.

Joanna - posted on 05/12/2010

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I am a sufferer, and it's really tough. Mine started when I was about 9 years old (still don't know why), but nothing really helped me besides medication and therapy. I even got cornrows/braids put into my hair when I was 15, figuring if I couldn't pull on the hair it would help, and it did for awhile but my stress level really peaked and I started pulling hair in other places.

I don't know what age is good for therapy, 7 might be too young, but I'd look into that. Maybe even hypno-therapy (like I said, 7 might be too young for that, just throwin out ideas).

Myra - posted on 05/12/2010

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I had a friend who had that problem. She took meds for other problems like bi-polar, but nothing that I know of especially for the trichotillo. From my understanding, what she was told to do was just be aware of her hands and what they were doing at all times. If they were pulling or going to hair, she used diversion tactics so that her focus was turned to something else where her hands were occupied. She did a lot of knitting. :) I was really surprised when she said she had the problem because you'd never know she had that problem. She had been using the hand diversion techniques for long enough, she seemed to have all her hair again. Hope that helps.

Angi - posted on 05/12/2010

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It seems like I saw somewhere that the disorder was caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency. I don't know much about this problem, I had a friend in high school, her sister pulled her eye lashes and She said that once her sister changed her diet it helped. I would research home treatments and talk with the dr.

Corinne - posted on 05/12/2010

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I saw a program on tv with these adults suffering with that. I don't have any first hand knowledge with that particular disease but I am a vitalist. I would change her diet to a mucousless diet then give her some herbs that would cleanse her system. I would also think it could be an emotional issue as well. The school of natual healing would also be a great resource. You can even call them and ask questions. That is where I got my education from on herbs.

Jessica - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter was diagnosed with this...it is pulling of the hair. She has done it from before 2 and now she is almost 7. It has really started to be seen and I don't want her to feel bad about herself. I also want to see about treatments other than drugs. If you can help please do...

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