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Old 10-26-04, 11:32 AM
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Hair Pulling

Hello,

Been awhile since I posted. I got dx'd with ADHD inattentive type in August and finally yesterday got in to be seen. Due to being poor I asked for the most inexpensive med with is the generic form of Ritalin and I can't even spell it yet. Anyway, I'm not posting about that, I am posting about my sister.

I actually have two half-sisters one who I always have thought of as ADHD-y and the other, who seems to be more like me. She just started college and she went in to be evaluated because she recognized some of my symptoms in herself and because she has the habit of "hair pulling". It's got a long easily-misspelled official name.

I did some reading on the hair pulling and found that while some label it as an OCD type of behavior it has a separate category all its own and isn't necessarily linked to OCD. However when my sister went in she was told she "probably" has ADHD and OCD (due to the hairpulling) and she was given a prescription of Lexapro. She is scheduled for a thorough eval in December.

What I'm wondering is if anyone else has done the hair pulling or knows anybody and whether there is any insight of the pathology of it, etc. The Lexapro is making my sister need something like 12 hours of sleep at night and I really don't think it's helping. She has said the hair pulling is mostly absent-minded where she is daydreaming and doesn't realize really that she is doing it, so it's not an "intentional" OCD like pattern. I don't pull out my hair but I have a similar habit with nail biting. I also find myself going off into those daydreaming things.

If I have ADHD and at least one or both of my half sisters do as well, is that a sign my dad probably has it too? Or just a fluke coincidence? I am all over the place with this topic... don't know exactly where to put it so it landed here.
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Old 10-26-04, 01:21 PM
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I do some hair-pulling, mostly on my beard at itchy spots (thankfully near the edges, so it goes unnoticed). I haven't gotten fully diagnosed yet, just had my first psychatric appt last week, but the counselor I saw said he suspected AD/HD, and possible depression. I think I may also have issues with anxiety, mostly related to the things depressing me, and that's what I suspect drives my hair-pulling (and nail-biting, since I do that too). I don't do it because I have to, as OCD sufferers often feel, I do it because the pain is a release.

Not that it's a good thing; it's not. I'm hoping some meds will help me get over a lot of this stuff. But I wouldn't say your sister has OCD just because of the hair-pulling; as far as I know it's not a symptom that's diagnostically specific to OCD.
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Old 10-26-04, 04:29 PM
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Hi Aholo,

My sister also has trichotillomania, she started pulling her eyelashes and eyebrows out 17 years ago. She tried some prozac at one point but didn't keep up with it as it didn't seem to help her. It is considered a form of OCD. It is the only OCD like thing that she does and honestly it doesn't bother her. She has not had any eyebrows or eyelashes for that many years, although she did get eyebrows tattoo'd on last year. She is pregnant with her third child so she has no interest in meds but maybe someday she will. She has no ADD symptoms (lucky me, I got that one) so it is just pulling.

The above website is about Trich.....
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