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Hi -- I made a post a few months ago about my obsessive hair pulling and since then it has only progressed an extreme amount. In addition to feeling the need the pull the hairs out of my head by the roots, I am moving past that phase by going straight for the scabs on my head. i now have about 5 scabs on my scalp that have been there for a very long time, one has been about 5 years now. I have also begun to collect the scabs that i pick off or eat them (gross I know!). I have found that acryllic nails helps a little becuase I am not able to really dig into my scalp with them, but I have still found ways to pick off the scabs like digging from the side.
Should I tell my doctor or something? I am 19 but have still not transferred out of pediatrics. I just want this to stop, it is so embarassing!! thanks.
[QUOTE=elkay5;2713329]Hi -- I made a post a few months ago about my obsessive hair pulling and since then it has only progressed an extreme amount. In addition to feeling the need the pull the hairs out of my head by the roots, I am moving past that phase by going straight for the scabs on my head. i now have about 5 scabs on my scalp that have been there for a very long time, one has been about 5 years now. I have also begun to collect the scabs that i pick off or eat them (gross I know!). I have found that acryllic nails helps a little becuase I am not able to really dig into my scalp with them, but I have still found ways to pick off the scabs like digging from the side.
Should I tell my doctor or something? I am 19 but have still not transferred out of pediatrics. I just want this to stop, it is so embarassing!! thanks.[/QUOTE]
I am 34. I started picking my scalp when I was 13. I prayed, I wore hats, gloves, hair up, etc. Acrylics dont work either, cause I just figure out how to pick no matter what. Cant even cut my nails short enough. Finally, I went to the doctor this year and told my embarrassing secret. I was prescribed Zoloft. I thought, WOW! Finally, after all these years, its going to be alright. Im going to stop. I may actually have some hair left when I turn 40. But I am now doing it double or triple time! My head is infected. The sores that turned to calluses are no longer enough. Now I have new sores, that bleed. I wish I could help you, but I really dont know how to help myself either. If you find out what works, let me know, cause I am so stuck.





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