Help!!! I spend up to an hour nearly every day plucking the hairs from my legs!! Weird I know but I found it somehow soothing. I know I did this as a child from about age 12. Is it part of my anxiety? Is it because I was emotionally abused by my parents and sexually abused by my grandad? I know I don't need to stop doing it but to waste an hour every day is becoming ridiculous - I could be doing something much more worth while. Is it just procrastination??
Hi, probably not much help here, but I did have a friend who used to pluck out all her armpit hair with tweezers when she was feeling stressed and anxious. I think she has stopped it now and uses an epilator instead. I don't know why, maybe it just gave her something else to think about for a while. Sorry couldn't be anymore help.
I do it too. Also these little bunches of hair I get on my tummy. I also will pick spots until I bleed. Like you, an hour will go by with out me noticing. My counsellor is helping me with ways to stop and suggested upping the dose on my ads. Sometimes I don't go out because I'm ashamed of how red and blotchy my face gets. Even my 3 yo dd has learned to say "Mummy stop picking"
I'm not sure what the trigger is Clarelou, but I feel it might now be a compulsion. Maybe at first it was a way to escape from things but now I start to feel stressed if I try and stop myself doing it.
Thanks toughas I am waiting to be referred for CBT, my counsellor has recommended it for anxiety. I have never spoken about my plucking as I was too embarassed!
Thanks for all your thoughts, I feel better knowing it's not just me.
I've just been reading about trichotillomania - I definitely have this. I just thought it was something strange that I have been doing for the past 30 years!! I will be mentioning this next time I see my GP. I am taking 30mg paroxetine which are supposed to help with this but I am actually plucking more and more each day so perhaps need a medication review.
Yes me too I pluck my legs and underarms, but have only been doing so for about a year. I find it lessens my anxiety and it has distracted me from self-harming on a number of occasions. I've recently found it difficult not to pick at scabs (out of compulsion rather than a desire to self harm).
I do it, too. It's a recent "bad habit", and is a combo of stress relieve and "thinking" for me... other bad habits I've had in the past are picking at spots, picking at scabs, picking at my knees (when i was little and getting my first leg hairs, I got confused and thought they were spots!), picking at my hair, and trimming off split ends. And nailbinding and knitting, but those were productive ways of managing these feelings!