I’m Kara J. I am seventeen years old and a rising senior at my high school in South Carolina. I was born in Tennessee and lived in Texas after that. Jumping right in, I have been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and, yes, trichotillomania in that respective order. However, I showed tendencies for trichotillomania for the longest of these, pulling out my eyelashes to make a wish on them at three years old. These disorders have caused my teenage years to be much harder than I had anticipated coming into it. I am still struggling with these things every single day. I have not “beaten” any of these, but in light of that I have decided to share my journey with as many people as I can.
My mission with this blog is to get my journey to help others. I have felt so alone pulling my hair out in class and looking like a freak to those around me. However, once I started looking into it online, I realized that I was not the only one out there. I know there are so many people still looking for someone to relate to.
This mission is not just for those with trichotillomania.
I am also working towards physical and mental health for myself.
There are so many blogs for moms and older women to get into shape and to self love. There are very few written by teens for teens.
I plan to share my progress with all of these tactics in which I try to get better. Hopefully, people will join with me on some of these.
So, what is this trichotillomania I’m talking about?
Trichotillomania is an obsessive compulsive disorder of pulling your own hair out. Many people suffer from it in different ways, as with all disorders. People pull hair from all parts of their body, most commonly their head (like me).
It can lead to bald spots and shame.
It may sound gross, and honestly, it kind of is. However, we physically cannot help it. The urges are so strong that it can get very out of hand.
There is no cure.