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Learn about a wide range of mental illnesses and how to deal with them.
You Will Need
- A journal
- Ankle weights
- A mental health professional
- Internet access
- Vitamins (optional)
- Herbal supplements (optional)
- Optimism (optional)
Keep a journal
Write in your journal each time you pull your hair. Develop an awareness of when you pull, and why.
Keep your hands busy
Keep your hands busy – take up sewing, knitting, or drawing.
Discourage the hand that pulls
Wear ankle weights on the arm that pulls, or a rubber glove to discourage pulling.
Yell "STOP" when you catch yourself pulling, and envision yourself with full, beautiful hair.
Look for triggers
Look for triggers that set off the pulling behavior.
Consult a mental health professional or join a support group
Consider visiting a licensed mental health professional if you can’t stop, or join a support group. Trichotillomania, the urge to pull out your hair, is a recognized psychological disorder.