Hair Pulling

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Registered: 06-02-2007
Hair Pulling
Fri, 07-13-2012 - 3:57am

My 9 year old son has been pulling his hair for a long time.  It started when he was a baby when he would suck his thumb and twirl his hair at the same time.  Now he is pulling it out and he has bald patches on his head.  He still likes to suck his thumb too...I've caught him in the act before.  He would do it all night, but braces and a headgear took care of that.  However, I don't know what to do about the hair pulling.  He said it feels good.  I've always thought it was a self-soothing habit when twirling, but how can pulling it out feel good?  Can someone please help?

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Registered: 06-02-2007
Re: Hair Pulling
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 12:06am

Hi Caren,

What is the brand name of the Gaba that you give your child?  I took my son to see a psychologist and the first thing he did was refer me to a psychiatrist to put him on meds.  Doctors always want to put everyone on meds, like it's the only solution.  Anyway, I took him to see the psych and she suggested an anti-anxiety drug like Prozac or Zoloft, but I'm not going to put him on these meds, especially when she said the possible side-effects are irritability and hyperactivity!!  I'd really like to try some holistic or alternatives like Gaba.




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Registered: 08-04-2001
In reply to: naomi_njw
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 11:45am

My daughters take a product called called "NutraSleep" by "Source Naturals". It has GABA in it. and really does help them.  You can get it at many health food stores and on-line, including at Amazon "Source Naturals NutraSleep, 200 Tablets".

Then there is Life Extension's GABA which is just the GABA: GABA Powder (Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid), 100 grams powder

But Life Extension also sells: Pharma GABA®, 60 chewable tablets

The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) is a non-profit company that does a lot of research, education, and advocacy.

Supposedly taking straight GABA does not cross the blood-brain barrier but because it raises the body's level, more is left to work in the brain.

There are reputedly also other products which may help raise the body's GABA levels obliquely, such as Ashwaghanda in combination with some other herbs. One of my daughters takes Vital Adapt (by Natura) which helps with the body's energy, but also has a similar effect.

www. It's Not Mental .com

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Registered: 06-02-2007
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 12:04am

Hi, do you give your daughters tablets?  Aren't they harder to swallow?