Wednesday May 5, 2004

HELP

This is going to sound silly, but I need your help.  I have two bad obsessive-compulsive habits.  The first is that I pull my hair, something I inherited from my mother.  The disorder she has and which exists in many more serious forms is called trichotillomania.  This is bad, because it makes my hair thin and coarse.  Even worse, however, is my habit of biting the inside of my cheeks and lips.  Not only is this habit unattractive, but it can seriously damage the inside of my mouth.  Furthermore, it puts me at risk for oral cancer.  Even though I know this, I haven’t been able to break the habit, which is exacerbated by anxiety.  So PLEASE PLEASE if you see me biting my cheek tell me to stop immediately.  I need to stop this habit before it results in more serious health consequences.

Comments 7

  1. troglodyteking wrote:

    If I notice, I will point it out.  Not that I am that likely to notice, but hey.

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 12:19
  2. dalazhreia wrote:

    um, okay, I will make a note of this.

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 15:37
  3. Prismakaos wrote:

    yo, i got yer back…if you notice me chewing on my fingers, let me know…that’s a bad habit of mine…

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 18:44
  4. jean_nie wrote:

    oh wow rowyn i didn’t realize we were THAT similar… i think i have trichotillomania too. i remember reading that word in a magazine a few years ago and thinking wow that’s me. at some point during high school i had a bald spot. and i actually started getting another one during the past month… but i’m trying to exercise self-control

    Posted 06 May 2004 at 04:37
  5. SoloMio wrote:

    Hey beautiful! GO to this website…

    http://www.trich.org/home/default.asp

    It sounds like you have incredible stress in your life, and that you are inordinately hard on yourself. Those things can’t help! I don’t think willpower is necessarily the most effective method for curing hardened habits or addictions.

    See what the site has to say. I’ll bet it can help you…

    Posted 11 May 2004 at 11:35
  6. SoloMio wrote:

    ps

    probably some of the techniques used to help the trichotillomania are the same for helping the biting. It’s all obsessive-compulsive behavior…

    Posted 11 May 2004 at 11:37
  7. SoloMio wrote:

    pps

    That site I sent you says your two behaviors are related…

    http://www.trich.org/articles/view_default.asp?aid=45&yd=researchers_intro

    Posted 11 May 2004 at 11:44

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