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Help please.
Jan 20, 2008

Hello there. I am new to this website. well just some background information. im 16 years old and i have a feeling that what i have is a form of OCD.
since i was about 13 years old i have been picking at my scalp. it just began really with running my hands through my hair, just thinking it was dandruff. Now it has gotten to the point where they are scabs and i pick at them, to the point that i have scars. my major concern is that will the hair ever grow back? the scabs are not really big, just to the point that it is embaressing that people may see it. Ive recently been diagnosed with ADHD and was put on the medicine Aderal. It seems to me that while using it the picking has gotten worse. (although it has controlled my constent need to move, and has helped my concentration) . So that is my other concern can medicine trigger this even more? I just feel that things with me are happening one after another and it is bothering me. ( i had panic disorder with anxiety with panic attacks. thats not my major concern though, it is under control and i have panic attacks maybe once or twice in a matter of months) I would just like your input on this, and if anyone who has the same problem would give me your advice to over come it. Thank you :)
Re: Help please.
Jan 27, 2008
[QUOTE=Ella2010;3400663]Hello there. I am new to this website. well just some background information. im 16 years old and i have a feeling that what i have is a form of OCD.
since i was about 13 years old i have been picking at my scalp. it just began really with running my hands through my hair, just thinking it was dandruff. Now it has gotten to the point where they are scabs and i pick at them, to the point that i have scars. my major concern is that will the hair ever grow back? the scabs are not really big, just to the point that it is embaressing that people may see it. Ive recently been diagnosed with ADHD and was put on the medicine Aderal. It seems to me that while using it the picking has gotten worse. (although it has controlled my constent need to move, and has helped my concentration) . So that is my other concern can medicine trigger this even more? I just feel that things with me are happening one after another and it is bothering me. ( i had panic disorder with anxiety with panic attacks. thats not my major concern though, it is under control and i have panic attacks maybe once or twice in a matter of months) I would just like your input on this, and if anyone who has the same problem would give me your advice to over come it. Thank you :)[/QUOTE]

Hey Ella.

The picking of your scalp etc sounds more just like a bad habit than OCD. The more you think about trying not to do it the more you actually do it. I have a bad habit of doing one of two things like cracking my jaw (even though it's quite painful!) and I can relate to what's happening with you in a way.

Sorry to hear about your panick attacks too. I'm also been treated for both anxiety and OCD and had been taking Fluoxetine tablets for the best part of a year until just recently.





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