When Nicole Santamorena was a baby she pulled her hair for comfort when she was distressed or sick. But that coping mechanism eventually escalated into pathological grooming behavior so serious that she was bald by middle school.
"I had to wear a hair piece and a bandana," said Nicole.
Today, the 17-year-old from Putnam, N.Y., still fights the urge to pull out hair, but therapy, a good support group and even Internet friends with the same compulsive behavior have all helped.
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