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Old 06-09-2008  
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I am new to this forum. I have been suffering with anxiety and OCD for about 12 years now. One of my issues seems to be an obsession with my hair and making it perfect all the time by cutting it myself. This has lead to me having to have it cut really short several times. There were a few years where I let it grow really long but in the past year it has gotten shorter and shorter and this past weekend I was up for 48 hours and not able to sleep because of it and had several panic attack episodes. I ended up cutting it too short and having to go to a hairdressers and have it fixed. I still think it looks uneven even though she told me that it was even. I am having a hard time not attacking it again with my scissors. I am afraid I will end up bald soon.

My OCD has also given me issues with my wieght (anorexia) and cleaning in that past. I have troubles all the time with trying to be perfect in everyway.

Anybody else had this problem with an obsession about their hair? I have found very little on the internet about it.

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At least you're not EATING your hair. Some people do that.

On a more serious note, you should definitely see a shrink about this. There are no shortcuts to mental health.

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At least you're not EATING your hair. Some people do that.

On a more serious note, you should definitely see a shrink about this. There are no shortcuts to mental health.
I actually have been to a psychiatrist and have been on meds for ten years now. I was more or less curious as to whether people have experienced this obsession with hair or not!

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At least you're not EATING your hair. Some people do that.

On a more serious note, you should definitely see a shrink about this. There are no shortcuts to mental health.
I actually have been to a psychiatrist and have been on meds for ten years now. I was more or less curious as to whether people have experienced this obsession with hair or not!

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I obsess a little bit about my hair, but mostly about how I shape it with wax and stuff. I rarely cut it, but I have to make sure it doesn't look stupid in every reflective surface I can find, at all times.
But I have only very mild OCD.

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LOL I HAVE THAT TOO!!
I JUST SIT AND COMB MY HAIR FOR HOURS AND HOURS
I FIND THTA KINDA FUNNY ACTUALLY
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Hi, I've done this off and on for 25 years. I thought I was "over it" but have degenerated into wearing a hat over the last 6 months.
It's hard on my family as well. I lose all track of time. we have no mirrors or scissors in the house right now.
once I shaved it and once I wore a wig for 3 yrs and cut daily.
I've lost 36 lbs during this relapse.
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Old 06-12-2008  
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Hi,

I am new to this forum and have just figured out that I must have ocd because I too obsessively cut my hair until there is basically nothing left to cut. I didn't used to be this way and I can't understand how or why this started. I've always cut my own hair normally - not obsessively. This started about a year ago and I've been trying to grow it out ever since and even have tried going to hairdressers but they always leave it uneven on each side so then I start whacking at it again. I basically still have the same terribly short hair and I have to wear a hat to work now which I hate because it's summer. I just wrecked my bangs (actually I have just about none left).

Has anyone been successful in trying to stop this awful cycle. I really want to have hair again and I feel so ugly. I can't understand why I do this to myself over and over again. I want to try to make it better but I always make it worse. I feel like this is ruining my life and I don't feel like the same person I used to be.
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That is exactly how I feel. I want to make it better but it keeps getting worse.
here's another board with people like us:
http://www.bkbreflections.com/cgi-bin/yabb2.1/YaBB.pl
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I'm new here. I've had BDD for nearly 10 years, although I only became aware of it around 2005, and I just recently recognized the relationship between BDD and OCD. To me, they are one in the same, only that with BDD, my obsession is my appearance or some aspect of it, ususally my hair. There was a time when, for a period of 2 years, I cut my hair nearly every day. I would cut it one day, and then be satisfied that it was even, only to wake up the next day and find that it wasn't, and cut it all over again. During this time, I would spend as much as 8 hours a day in the mirror-- if I wasn't cutting it, I was washing, drying, ironing, styling, fussing with it, and then starting all over again, because I was rarely, if ever, satisfied with it. Then there came a point where I didn't have much hair left to cut, and I knew if I continued, I would end up pretty much bald, so I got rid of all the scisors and even leg-shaving razors in my house. (If I didn't have access to scisors I would resort to using a razor.) At first it was extremely difficult for me because I still had the impulse to cut my hair. It was as if, whenever I got stressed, I wanted to cut my hair as a way to relieve my stress, but it was always counter-productive. It was about a year before I allowed myself a pair of scisors back in the house. I still obsessed and fussed and spent hours on end, but at least I didn't cut. It's been about 2 years since I've had scisors back in the house, and I've only cut my hair a hand-full of times since then, but it's like playing with fire, hoping to keep it contained when at any moment, it can flare up and rage out of control. So nowdays, I go in and have it done professionally, and I've somewhat learned to tolerate the distress of believing it is uneven at times. Last summer, I attended a DBT (dialectial behavior therapy) program, and I found it really helpful. Specifically, the acceptance, mindfulness, and distraction skills I learned. During that time, I reduced the amount of time I spent getting ready to 20 minutes a day, and I felt at peace with myself. Unfortunately, a few months after the program ended, I completely relapsed. I didn't go back to cutting, but I resumed obsessing and spending hours a day in the mirror. It has been hard for me to be honest with both myself and helping professionals about what is going on. Until recently, I always described my anxiety but I never mentioned the source of it, nor my obsession with my appearance and compulsive behaviors that accompanied it. I was too embarassed and ashamed. But now that I have, I hope to find the right combination of medication and therapy to help me overcome this. I know that I am capable, because I did during DBT. Now it's a matter of having the patience and persistence to find the right therapist for me.
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