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I must admit, though, that I'm surprised that NASA lets you play footsie with their giant, heaving payloads like that all day. Just gotta watch out for that re-entry!

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You're no longer talking about my foot are you. Backstory: Alan laughs like cartoon characters while exercising his Admin privileges.

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OP get some help for that! It's not good for your hair, it's pretty gross darn gross, and it's not very appealing for anyone to see! For those of you who are wondering: Trichotillomania- is the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one's own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress, and social or functional impairment

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My obsession to rip out my hair seems to only have a direct relation to my co-workers stupidity when I have to deal with it. :P

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I agree OP needs help, but for themselves rather than because their disorder bothers other people. I have a related issue and trust me, we know its unattractive. It's humiliating and just as hard to quit as a drug addiction.

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Trichotillomania is not like pulling out your hair because of frustration or just for the hell of it. It's classified as an Impulse Control Disorder in the DSM-IV, which in case you don't know, is the bible of Psychological Disorders. These people literally cannot resist the urge to pull out their hair and feel extremely guilty afterwards. Luckily, it can usually be controlled by a combination of talk therapy, SSRIs (type of drug), and in some cases, medical marijuana.

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You don't have to call him gross. It's something they can't control. I have a friend who has it (but doesn't eat it) and she hates herself for it so try not to give someone more negative thoughts.

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I used to twirl and pull my hair out. But I'd pull right behind my ears so I never noticed a problem. Until one day my mom noticed I had bald spots behind both ears. I didn't even notice it was getting that bad. I wore gloves all summer. And baseball caps. If you can keep your hands away from your hair it'll help. Won't fix it. But you'll have a harder time yanking it out.

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I really hope you manage to get past this. I know it's very hard to treat, like all impulse disorders but hopefully you'll get better! I know this won't help much but tell yourself that, as hard as recovery is, you'll never regret. It'll be as if you were a new, happier you! (:

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Had the exact same problem in almost the exact same spots, as well as along my part. I bought some putty to play with, seems to have helped quite a bit.

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To be fair, 6. I wouldn't have known what it was if not for everyone here contributing and explaining exactly what it is. OP's parents may have been out on the spot and regrettably assumed what it meant.

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Don't be a douche. Retarded does not mean stupid. And you are very shallow and STUPID to even use the word in a derogatory way

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I've heard metal heads, hippies, 80's rockers. I don't think I've ever heard someone say that gay men usually have longer hair.

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I don't blame you for this one. Many people believe that any feminine features on a man is an indication of homosexuality. I can see where you got the long hair/gay thing.

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My dear perdix stupidity happens every day, if it only happens on Friday the 13th this beloved sight would be pointless

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I was trying to say they confused his condition with "triskaidekaphobia," but that might have not been widely understood. To those who got it without this explanation, good on ya!

Why didn't you just say what the problem was rather than saying the name (which not everyone knows) then pausing? No wonder they didn't know what to say.

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I concur. I had to look it up as I didn't know the name. It's like me going up to people and spouting off that I have misophonia so please don't eat around me. No one knows what misophonia is unless you have it! Why would people know what trichotillomania is??

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#51 I agree. Unfortunately I have trich. I compulsively pull at my eyelashes. And I have misophonia too. My dad chews with his mouth open and I have to avoid slapping him every night at dinner.

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True, but when you read/hear a word you don't know, does yoir mind go straight to "It must mean gay"?

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#59 My husband is a super loud eater and breather, needless to say we eat with the TV on and usually pretty loud lol. Sorry to hear you have both, I couldn't imagine having the compulsion to pull my hair out :(

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#109, no, my mind wouldn't, and maybe yours wouldn't, but who's to say how other people's minds interpret things. Maybe they were already suspicious that OP was gay and thought this was his way of coming out of the closet. I am an avid reader and enjoy expanding my vocabulary, but unfortunately, most people do not share my view on it so I don't go walking around trying to sound like a thesaurus, and if I do let one slip I don't berate the person for not understanding me.

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I do that, too. It's awfully hard to avoid doing. I have to consciously remind myself that I can't and won't let myself pull my eyelashes out. I've had it for 5 years.

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Wow, your post just made me realize I have the same compulsion! I never noticed it before but I pull out my eyelashes as well as my eyebrow hairs. Every day, several times a day.

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I compulsively pulled my eyelashes out for over two years. It took a lot of work but I was finally able to move past it. I thought I had a handle on the trich. until I realized recently that I have begun to compulsively picking my legs. I am trying to stop but everyday is a struggle though it has gotten much better once I acknowledged the problem.

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I did that to my eyebrows :/ I've forced myself to stop though :D now just to stop doing it to my eyelashes.....

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