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Help overcome Trichotillomania

Help overcome Trichotillomania

Hi my names is Lara and i am 15 years old. I suffer from a hair pulling disorder called Trichotillomania. It is body-focused repetitive behavior classified as an impulse control disorder. I’ve been pulling out my hair for about 6 years starting out with my eyelashes and now currently my hair. I sometimes am aware when I’m pulling and unfortunately can’t bring myself to stop but usually I’m not aware that I pull until I can feel a bald patch forming. Throughout the 6 years of doing it it’s never been as bad as it has in the past month or so till the point where I now have a fairly large bald patch on the top of my head that is hard to hide.Being a teenager is hard enough without having to worry about someone seeing my bald patches or spending hours trying to hide them even just from my parents. I have tried everything from fiddle toys to gloves to hats and putting tape around all my fingers but always end up unaware that I have taken the tape or gloves or hat off and my fingers have attracted right back to my head again. My dream would be to wear my blond hair down again instead of having to put it in a straight up bun to hide the big bald patches. I’m my desperation to stop I researched and found this new device that has had a lot of positive reviews with people with Trichotillomania. And some has been able to resist the urge for weeks now. It’s a bracelet made by a company called HabitAware. Whenever your hand goes to your head it gives you a vibration to make you conscious that your hands are near you head and you can download an app which tracks when your hands go up and at what times so you can maybe find out what the triggers are. The only problem is that is is around £300 pounds and I’m not yet comfortable to ask my parents for that big amount of money.i really think this could help me throw this horrible habit away because it’s getting to the point where I know if I keep going I’m not going to be able to hide it anymore. Please could you help me round up some money. A small amount or just anything would really help. I’m going on holiday soon so I would really like to be able to wear my hair down and not be able to see the patches to clearly. please share this and help me reach my goal. I would really appreciate it. Thankyou

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