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I have two semi-obscure forms of OCD, also called BFRBs, called Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania. They are incredibly common, but not often talked about. Trichotillomania, a disorder that involves recurrent and irresistible urges to pull one's body hair, affects over 200,000 people in the US per year. Dermatillomania, the repetitive picking at one's own skin to the extent of causing damage, affects up to 5.4% of the general population. These disorders may seem to be nothing more than a little embarrassing, but they are often accompanied by anxiety disorders and potentially other forms of OCD. Personally, I pull at my eyebrows and eyelashes, and I compulsively pick at my fingers and face. I am currently in behavioral therapy, hopefully soon moving on to anxiety medication.
This is (only part of) my mental health story. Your mental health is never something to be ashamed of. Share your story.
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