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OMG: Since beginning my studies at uWaterloo, I've developed a hair-pulling disorder known as Trichotillomania to cope with stress. I don't want to take any medications to help treat it. Is there a support group in the university I can seek to help me stop?

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  1. This might help http://www.reddit.com/r/trichsters

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  2. Omg this is so freaky, yesterday I started watching videos on this disorder and learn more about it. I don't have it, but I found it to be a really interesting topic!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/TrichJournal
    http://www.youtube.com/user/beckie0 personal channel
    I was watching this girls channel, I found her to be really genuine and so open about the whole experience

    Good luck!

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  3. Try to address the stress problem instead of the other problem associated with it. Exercise, have fun, improve your study skills, etc.

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    1. I totally agree, but I think eating healthy is also very important. Many people underestimate how food can make you feel!
      On a similar note, I started a Facebook page called "a student guide to healthy eating" to help students through issues such as stress. OP can contact me on there if you'd like to know more, I'd love to talk with you!

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  4. Hi there!
    While there isn't exactly a support group for those with trich on campus, you're definitely not alone.
    I have dermatophagia and trichotillomania myself!
    Feel free to email me if you ever want to just talk ^^

    In terms of places you can go to find support to help stop, may I recommend looking into some of the workshops offered by Counselling Services?
    I personally attended the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop and found it helpful stress-wise, but that said everyone's experience with trich is different so the workshop that helped me may not work for you.
    Feel free to check out this link for more info -> http://uwaterloo.ca/counselling-services/workshops

    Best of luck and I hope to hear from you!

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  5. Have you considered going to the Women's Center? While it may not be quite what you need, they've got tons of resources and I'm sure will be sympathetic to your stress problems.

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  6. Hey, I just watched a video on this the other day and found out that I have this. I didn't even know it was a thing, but I started pulling hair about a year ago to deal with stress and now I do it without realizing. However, I don't pull from my head, it's mostly underarms, chest, pubic area.

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    1. same here. I had no idea this existed, although i've been doing it for almost 2 years now. Like you said, not on my head, but mostly legs, underarms and pubic area.

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    2. I've been rather fortunate, since it's only my eyebrows. I'm worried that if I don't nix it now though, it could develop into something more severe. Does pulling hair from those cause ingrown hairs for you?

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    3. I've been fine with my underarms but I have ingrown hairs on my chest and pubic area, although I've had those before I started pulling.

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  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow0lr63y4Mw

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  8. I had this disorder in highschool. Now my stress is so severe the hair just falls out by itself, don't even need to pull it

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  9. I kind of wish someone had asked this question back when I was in school. I felt rather alone and ashamed. I don't know what support exists, OP, but I hope you get it.

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  10. I had this for a long time and I didn't even know. It wasn't that severe, but my mom didn't believe there was such a disorder which made it horrible. The main thing about it is accepting that it's just something you live with. I've gained more confidence since then and am less socially anxious. I rarely pull out my hair now, but I do pull out my eyelashes and eyebrows. Don't worry too much over it or else it will cause more stress and make it worse.

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  11. Here's a great organization that can direct you to some resources: http://www.canadianbfrb.org/

    I have dermatillomania, so if you ever need to reach out and talk!

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  12. It's all in your head. Relax and take a chill pill. Or puff grass me breda

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  13. Did you hear about Stand up to Stigma?
    It's a mental health awareness group on campus that is now holding discussion groups on Tuesdays. I'm sure you'll find it on Facebook

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  14. I also have trichotillomania. I've had it for a few years now since I started university. I find it acts out a lot during times of stress (midterms, finals, etc.) but when I exercise or feel good it doesn't happen as much.

    I went to see a counselor a few times and it was helpful to talk to someone about it so that might help for you.

    It's really frustrating when people just say, "Just stop doing it!" If it was that easy, why wouldn't I just stop? Stay strong though!

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