Hi, this post just prompted me to register, as I also play with my hair A LOT! I am fortunate in that not too much of my hair falls out so I don't think I have any bald patches.
I think I started playing with it when I was about 18 (about 12 yrs ago) and I am not sure why. I was stressed about going to uni - perhaps that had something to do with it...although I do it when I am relaxed at home too, so I am not sure if it is an anxiety thing (though I do have anxiety issues). I haven't read many of the posts on the trichotillomania forum yet so perhaps I will get some insights once I have.
I do know that I enjoy feeling the texture of my hair and if I feel a hair that is a bit wiry or 'bad' then I pull it out. I reckon I only pull out about 1 a month (though I accidentally pull out a few more than that).
I don't really have any tips on how to stop, sorry
. I am just trying to accept that I play with my hair, and if anyone comments on it, I just say that I like doing it, so there!
I hope you find something to help soon x