Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Unfortunate realization about Trichotillomania

I've come to an unfortunate realization. I guess in a way I knew it all along, but now that I'm trying to deny myself the "pleasure" of pulling out my eyelashes, I've come to realize that in my convoluted brain, it really is a pleasure pulling out my eyelashes. It feels good. I don't know why it feels good, and it seems counterintuitive for something bad for your body to feel good at the same time. I guess it's the same principle as eating foods that are good for your tastebuds but bad for your arteries.

Evolution hasn't quite worked out all the kinks.


Katie D. said...

I've been catching up on your blog for a couple of days now. I just wanted to let you know that I'm glad you're writing about this, and I hope it helps, because maybe that means I will be able to stop what I do! I chew the inside of my mouth incessantly, whenever I'm not thinking about it, and sometimes even when I am because I can't even help myself. It gets worse when I'm anxious or really thinking hard about something. I can't find a name for it online, but I know I'm not the only one who suffers from this ridiculous compulsion. I hear it's a symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which doesn't surprise me. I just can't stand it -- I chew and chew until my mouth is bleeding and the skin is all rough and gross. Then it's scarred for a few days. Sometimes blisters will pop up because I've done it so much. Blech.

Anyway, thanks for sharing, lady.

Christina N. said...

OMG. Feel the same way, feels so good. Just found your blog 7-9-2011 and forwarded it to my family so that can understand me more. I am 39 years old and I have my own story. It was funny when you put in the information that you aren't a psychologist, because you probably get a lot of people who can relate to you and have no where else to go. Interesting. Keep writing.


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