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I bet that just made you wanna tear your hair out. Of course if you were gay, you'd be pulling other things out, but I guess there's only a hairsbreadth of difference between the two.
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
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.
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.
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! (:
I always thought the stereotype was that gay men had longer hair. Sounds like your parents are just very confused.
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.
#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.
That's a horrible compulsion, please get professional help. I rip my eyelashes out it's a battle everyday not to.
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.