Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us with your concerns. Let’s begin with trichotillomania (hair pulling.) As this Psych Central article will explain this condition is about repetitively pulling out of one’s own hair from any region of the body, such as the scalp, eyelids or eyebrows, or even facial hair, hair from your arms, legs, armpits, or pubic hair. The hair-pulling sites may vary over time and the triggers for this typically range from anxiety, boredom, and stress. The hair-pulling itself can result in relief. This sets up a type of cycle where the various frustrations fuel the need for relief.
- Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
- Disengaged, with a loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite (weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting)
- Insomnia or sleeping too much.
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Anxiety-related physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
- Loss of meaning or purpose, feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
This means that many of your concerns about concentration and memory may be affected by the depression, which causes stress, which in turn creates the need for relief and the desire for hair-pulling. There may be a progressive sequence that has been created that makes it difficult to break this vicious cycle.
This means it is important to work with one therapist to unravel the triggers that create this downward spiral. Get someone who can help you plan the best way to approach this. I’d recommend working with someone who can help you create a way for you to increase your self-awareness about this cycle, which in turn I believe will give you some relief.
For a first-person account from PsychCentral own Gabe Howard check out his blog here.
Wishing you patience and peace,
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral