For anyone who might come across this blog who suffers like I do from this painful and embarrassing disease, I found a great group who can help. Their website is trich.org. They are on Facebook, too. I am reposting some advice from Joan Kaylor, her FB page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Secrets-of-Hair-Pulling-Skin-Picking-Anxiety/260775842856
I teach Chinese acupressure to help reduce the urge to pull. Try this before pulling: If you pull from your eyebrows or eyelashes, tap 10 times at the beginning of your eyebrow, 10 times at the side of your eye and 10 times under your eye. Then tap 10 times under your arm and repeat around your eye. If you pull from your scalp, tap 10 times at the top of your head and at the place where you pull, then tap under your arm and back to your head. Then take a deep breath and see if you can redirect yourself to doing something else or using a strategy. So Tap before you pull and you may not need to pull. Remember, you are always in recovery as long as you are trying. Also, pulling and picking are addictions because it feels good to pull even though we don't like what happens when we pull. So what else can you do that is healthy and feels good? Yoga, Pilates, exercise, a warm bath with calming bath salts. I wish you peaceful hands. Joan "
I hope that if you have trichotillomania or know someone who does, please show them this.