Individuals totally recovering from a hair plucking condition is actually possible; you don't have to be a slave to trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is a nervous condition, not a mental condition, it is known as an OCD disorder -- obsessive compulsive disorder. OCD is when an individual does an uncontrollable act by impulse repetitively. Hair pulling for some people with trichotillomania starts as a coping mechanism for their current circumstances. But however trichotillomania starts, that first hair pulled out is basically due to having a dark negative thought.
Avoid idle time and negative thoughts, cope with situations by doing hobbies you like. And begin a pattern of feeding positive thoughts into your mind. When you can find nothing to do with your hands but to pull the hair out of the scalp, this is idle time. It's been said that idle time is the devil's playground. And many people feel that their time is valuable, and they don't want to waste their life doing things that is of no benefit. Hair pulling is a waste of time definitely, trichotillomania steals your time and you can't get it back.
Researched shows that it takes at least 30 days to break a bad habit, it's going to be a fight, but it's well worth it at the end.
But thank God in heaven that hair grows back, now as a trichotillomania patient you have to do your part, and "recover from trichotillomania." Having a pity-party for yourself and hurting yourself by hair pulling is not going to make matters any better. To continue with the hair pulling will only make the trichotillomania get worse; due to the trichotillomania some patients may begin to have bald spots, scalp sores, low confidence, guilt, shame, embarrassment, etc.
Our God in heaven has put a gift and a talent in every person's hands; it's up to us to practice a positive talent, gift, or hobby. Trichotillomania is not from God because our God in heaven gives us "peace" and not attacks on our nerves.
How to Stop Hair Pulling
Recovering from trichotillomania can be accomplished when passive action is applied. You will have to find something positive to do with your hands. No person has time to pull their hair when they are attending school or employment, any public place will make a hair puller not want to pull. It's all about renewing your mind. Once you begin to forget about pulling your hair and occupy your mind with a positive activity, you can fully recover from trichotillomania. Find out what it is that will help keep your hands out of your head and continue to make it your new positive habit.
Some people with trichotillomania do crafts to keep their hands busy such as crocheting, sewing, playing cards, writing articles, and/or physical exercise.
You have to fight trichotillomania with everything that you have in you, it will not be easy. But you may fall off some days and begin to pull hair out again; you just get back up and begin fighting again. It may take the rest of your life to fight this "hair-pulling battle" or it may not take that long, just keeping using your hands to do positive hobbies.
Expect great things when you have God in heaven in your life. Speak to the trichotillomania, say "I am healed no matter what my hands have done to my hair" I am still healed no matter what my physical eyes see. Close your eyes and begin to see a full head of hair on your head, and meditate on that thought. Whatever is loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven; begin to lose strength, power, and Godly wisdom daily over your life and over the recovery of this OCD nervous condition. Prayer changes things; we have not because we ask not; so start asking God in heaven for your deliverance over the trichotillomania.
Make a list of things that you are good at, and write them down on paper. Be happy for yourself for your accomplishments and skills. There are other things that you can do to get your mind off of the hair-pulling:
- Learn Do-it-yourself projects.
- Buy 2 Word Search puzzle books.
- Or wear a hair-net at home (small holes net).
- Engage in a positive conversation with others.
- Keep your hands busy with a hobby and crafts.
- Dance to inspirational music.
- Sing to your spirit with Christian gospel songs.
- Pray daily without ceasing, about the trichotillomania recovery.
- Visit loving family and friends.
- Volunteer at a charity event or a library.
- Get part-time or full-time employment.
- Go on a 2 day Spiritual fast, by praying and reading your Bible.
- Go on long walks at a recreational park.
- Eat popcorn or trail-mix with the hand you pull with most.
- Use Organic Hair Care Products to help reduce trichotillomania urges/itch.
How to Stop Hair Pulling, a proven Technique
Negative Obsessions Can Be Redirected
Redirect your negative obsession with a positive obsession. Many successful people redirected their bad habits with good habits as a daily routine. And their are those that aren't obsessed with anything. Flip the negative obsessed characteristic into a positive one that will actually benefit your life physically, mentally, and possibly financially.
Trichotillomania doesn't have to control you, but you can control and fight the trichotillomania. Hair pulling can lead to depression if not treated quickly; contact your doctor immediately to get a prescription if needed. Most people that are diagnosed with OCD are prescribed with a medication called Prozac, which is a medication to help control "obsessive-compulsive behavior."
Also ask your doctor about taking a probiotic supplement, which can reduce the urge to pull from the scalp.
With bad habits like trichotillomania, you have to choose to be happy regardless of the hair pulling impulses. Making yourself to be in a happy mood is "good medicine." Tell yourself "I am healed of the trichotillomania and I choose to be happy."
Avoid feeling guilt and shame, stay happy regardless. Life is bigger than just thinking about hair, besides hair grows back and in the meanwhile you can be doing something productive.
Continue to speak healing over this nervous condition (trichotillomania), and avoid owning that trichotillomania is a part of you. Do not own a sickness, instead resist it. Speak healing to your body to cast away the impulses and urges to pull your hair. Christian gospel songs about "Healing" are a great way of saturating your Spirit with God's healing power. Try to release the hurt, pain, anger, and anything else that you are holding in (suppressing) by crying it out.
Just remember the one less hair you pull, the closer you are to overcoming and recovering from trichotillomania.
Another Tip - No person really likes pulling their hair out due to the after effects of bald spots. There's a video I found about an Orthodontist that has a son who sucks his thumb. This Doctor made a homemade thumb-guard to stop his son from thumb-sucking, and I believe his technique can also stop trichotillomania patients from pulling their hair out as well. The Doctor's technique involved: long socks for the hands, huge safety pins to fasten the long socks under the pajama shirt sleeves. This exercise is good for when you want a good night's sleep. See the video on this site . . . . . and Be Blessed!
If you avoid feeding any bad habit, it will gradually go away, starve the bad habit instead. Thank God in advance for your deliverance of Trichotillomania while you're going through the stages of resisting it. The less you feed trichotillomania, the closer you will be to overcoming it. This is how you exercise will-power everyday, it will make you stronger most days, each minute resist the impulses, and then pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You will have to focus on your hair being long and healthy again. Take care of your hair, and be inspired by others with healthy hair.
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rie marciel on May 10, 2020:
i dont know how to stop. im not sure this will help me. my hair part is getting less hair and less hair. i feel so embarrassed that im doing this to myself. i REALLY want to stop, but i cant
Ann810 (author) from Sunny Cali on June 26, 2019:
Hi Elexi, you're so welcome.
Elexi Devane McFarlane on June 23, 2019:
Kat Camp on August 29, 2017:
Your article has helped me so much!! I compared to everything you just explained and it really helped me!! Thanks so much. This was so helpful!! God bless you
JustJessie on May 11, 2015:
I've been pulling my hair since I was 8years old. I'm now 32; I've tried to stop so many times and haven't been successful. I compare this sensation to being addicted to a bad drug. Thank you for your site. I will try to read this every day to remind me that there are others who know and understand my struggle hope it helps
Ann810 (author) from Sunny Cali on September 05, 2014:
Thanks for your comment. You just have to change your thought-pattern, basically renew your mind-set, this applies to any type of bad habit. For your trichotillomania recovery, it's going to take time and mind-renewing power that you already have in you.
Sad on September 04, 2014:
I am here because I'm desperately looking for ways to control my Trichtillomania. I am a busy person already (I am a Master's student, I also work full time and try to keep my house clean and my family fed). I don't pull my hairs when I'm not doing much, I pull my hairs when I'm doing things and thinking really hard (ie// reading and writing and listening). I know you've said people don't pull their hairs at school, but I do. I don't notice when I'm pulling so I do it everywhere. Most people just ignore it, but if I bring it up they do say they've noticed.
I've been pulling for over 10 years, and trying to stop for over 10 years.
Do you have any way to help someone like me?
Brianna Webster from Kenmore, New York on May 29, 2013:
I have been dealing with trichotillomania for over three years now and have been trying various things to get over it, so far with not much luck. I can manage to go some time without pulling but I always go back to it. I have decided though that I will get over it and have been doing some research to see what I can do. I found your hub very informative and helpful, you suggested a few things that I didn't think of before that no one else I have read suggested so far. It helps even knowing that others know what I'm going through and are trying to help people like me get through it, so thank you for your indirect support.