Originally Posted by choli
It's interesting that you found the cognitive therapy helpful, it wasn't really much help for me, nor were any of the medications I've tried. Are you in remission now? Maybe I should give the therapy another shot.
I should probably stop disrailing this thread...
I am not in complete remission yet. I occasionally relapse for about 1/2 hour once a month or less, but I've completely stopped picking my face and pulling my hair for over a year—and that is huge.
Before that, I literally would be in the bathroom for hours. It was amazing how much it helped to stop consuming nutrasweet... I thought maybe it was the caffeine, but other caffeinated products don't bother me...yet uncaffeinated Diet Coke makes me as crazy as the regular kind. Even gum with aspartame has triggered episodes with me.
Cognitive therapy has done wonders, but it's taken me a long time to find someone decent. I'm also working some other things out with EMDR therapy. I tried meds, but for me they did more harm than good.
It took me a bit of research to find a good therapist to deal with the hair pulling and skin picking. I went through probably 5 or more before finding one who was any good. A lot of people do not understand obsessive hair pulling and skin picking. I even met some shrinks who acted disgusted by it.
I ended up using Psychology Today's list to find local therapists in my area who took my insurance and had experience with OCD (http://therapists.psychologytoday.co...rof_search.php
). I picked out 4, set up consultation appointments, and interviewed them. The lady I'm seeing right now is awesome. She's helping me so much!
Online support groups have also been incredibly helpful. Being able to find others who have the same issue and can openly discuss it really helps. I try to be open with my DH about it too...like if I relapse I tell him and then we try to figure out what could have triggered it.
Back to the topic, I think shaming a child (or an adult) is not the way to go, because it can make one want to hid his/her problems. I've certainly been there.
Buzzing a kid's hair to stop hair pulling could work, but only if the kid understood why, that he/she wasn't being punished, and was on board to do it. That is certainly not the impression I received from the OP—and I just can't see that a five year old girl would voluntarily have her had shaved to stop her hair pulling...especially not have it (the buzz cut and her hair pulling) advertised to family and friends. That's just mean and chances are it could make things so much worse.