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Pelvic floor exercises

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Antenatal Classes

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    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
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    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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trichI distinctly remember the first time I started pulling out my hair. I was sitting watching TV. And I was feeling a little stressed. My parents had just got divorced and I was about 8 or 9 at the time. I started pulling out hair one at a time. I would then examine the end of each hair, bite off the black bit or shinny transparent bit. And kept going. I remember getting up off the couch to go and get a bin, so that I could put all the hair into it as I had managed to pull out a fair bit. My mom walked past and asked me what I was doing and she then threatened to take me to the Dr but never did.
I enjoyed pulling out my hair, it felt pleasurable. I used to pull on the hair gently, and wait in anticipation for it to get pulled out. It felt very satisfactory. I am not sure if the psychotherapists have labelled this ‘disease’ correctly. I would say it was a self-soothing behaviour and more to do with control. And I also think endorphins get released with hair pulling. I have never thought of it as abusing my body any more than I would say that masturbation was abuse.
I also enjoyed playing with the resultant bald patch. I would often feel my bald patch with one or two fingers and sometime scratch out the new hair growth.
I have never had any treatment and remember having a huge bald patch on the crown on my head when I wrote matric. No one really teased me about it. They just accepted it. I did dread going to the hair dresser though.
I don’t often pull my hair out anymore. But still occasionally do, mostly when I am feeling a little stressed out or anxious.
#The author of this article wishes to remain anonymous.