I think you are on the right track not trying to stop the thoughts but to note them and counter them with reality. Your mind is like a bully trying to mess with you. It will try any tactic or tactic to get you going. If you keep your cool, remember that thoughts are just thoughts it can't touch you. Treat the thoughts like the music in a elevator. T...
The OCD foundation site has a good newsletter and other material.
Your mind is trying to bully you and like any good bully it will stick the knife in whatever topic is most likely to get you riled up. If you take a half step back and watch the thoughts go by seeing them in this context, you can come to be amused rather than freaked out.
Yes this sounds like pretty classic OCD plus the trichotillomania. I think that your hunch that the fertility issues plus other unnamed stressors) may be a trigger is worth exploring. I'm glad to hear you are about to get help from someone who knows this area.
This is a very treatable problem.
I think it is best to leave it there with the appoint...
I deal extensively with skin picking and agree that you have a good chance of beating the problem with persistence and a therapist who knows this area. (See grossbart.com and trich.org for details.)
As to the medical impact and scar removal issues that is more a question for the Dermatology Forum.
Sounds like you have been very patient and persistent on the drugs side (not my area) but have a lot more to be potentially gained on the therapy front. Generally that is very helpful if you stick with it.
The OCD spectrum includes the more familiar obsessions and compulsions, Tourettes, and hair pulling and skin picking and scratching. People with one of these will often have bits of another. It is not like you suddenly have a new set of problems.
I suggest you not focus so much on the label but rather on getting more effective treatment. It sounds lik...
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