Is it trichotillomania or just fidgeting

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    • #100831
      Ranma
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      I fidget with with many things, my keys, coins, clicker pens (really annoys people) plastic ring from a soda bottle.
      But the one that got a co-worker of mine upset was my hair twirling, she said her daughter does it and pulls out her hair.
      But I rarely do it when I’m upset, I do it a lot though when I’m concentrating, reading or watching the idiot box, but I never pull it out.
      At first I thought “great! Another disorder to throw on the pile” but I think it’s just fidgeting.

      Anyone else?

    • #101209
      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      I believe trichotillomania requires pulling the hair out. Just twirling seems more like fidgeting.

      Hair Pulling! Skin Picking! Nail Biting! Oh, My!

      Penny
      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #101253
      Ranma
      Participant

      From what I’ve read, that seemed to be the case, when I think about the times I do it, it’s usually when I have nothing else to fidget with.
      I think I’ll finally invest in some bespoke fidget toys.
      Thanks

    • #101591
      Whatmom
      Participant

      It’s only fidgeting if you aren’t pulling it out.
      Tell coworker you’re sorry for whoever it is that they know with trich but that you can do what you like with your own hair and they should shut their judgemental yapper right the heck up.
      Seriously.
      Why get more fidget toys when you have the perfect one connected to your head all the time?

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