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Some Notes on Compulsive Hair Pulling

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In 2008, The New Yorker published a piece called "The Itch." It was about a woman who picked through the skin on her scalp until she touched her own skull. Then she picked through her skull and touched her brain.

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All week, everybody was buzzing about it. I didn't have a single conversation where we didn't talk about that lady — at least it seemed that way at the time.

Illustration for article titled Some Notes on Compulsive Hair Pulling
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Illustration for article titled Some Notes on Compulsive Hair Pulling
Illustration for article titled Some Notes on Compulsive Hair Pulling

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Sara Lautman is a cartoonist. Her drawings and comics have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Awl, Bitch Magazine, The Morning News, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore.

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beatrixkiddo
beatrixkiddo

I pulled my hair as a teenager (I'd look for hairs way darker than the rest and pull them out- it was a like a scavenger hunt) but I haven't had the urge in a long time. But I'm a life-long zit/blackhead/dry skin picker.

This is TMI but I want to pick at other people too. My husband is the only one who I beg to let me. :P I haven't revealed that urge to anyone but else!