We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they deal with hair-pulling compulsions.
Trichotillomania is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, and other parts of the body in ways that result in physical damage — like bald patches, skin discoloration, bleeding, or scarring. Effective treatment often involves professional help, but these are the tricks some people have found helpful — physically, emotionally, or otherwise — for dealing with hair-pulling.
Remember: These aren’t meant to be medical recommendations, but they’re tactics that have worked for others and might work for you, too. And heads up, some of these responses contain detailed descriptions of hair-pulling urges and behaviors.