AKA pulling your hair out, and picking your skin. I wonder how common these things are in ADHD. I have both, particularly trich, and recently it’s got so bad that my hair is now incredibly thin and has slightly visible bald areas. I’ve done it since I was a kid! People have tried to tell me it’s a nervous habit, but I do it when I’m calm, and it doesn’t get worse when I’m anxious - in fact it gets worse when I’m most relaxed.
What also made me realise it wasn’t an anxiety thing was when I met another person with ADHD who also had trich - this person absently pulled out their eyelashes. I have also met two people with ADHD and dermatillomania. Not met anyone with those things and NO ADHD!
I’ve since learned that there are other body-focused repetitive behaviours that are common for ADHD. These include (taken from ADDitude) “onychophagia (nail biting), dermatophagia (skin biting), rhinotillexomania (nose picking), as well as cheek biting and joint cracking”. According to ADDitude, doing that stuff increases that sweet sweet dopamine in the ADHD brain!
It’d be awesome if Jessica could do a video about this. Do any of you guys have experience with these things? Have you found ways to reduce the behaviour?