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FARGO – When Sandra Bodek was a little girl, she plucked the eyelashes from her dolls.

By the time she was 9, she was plucking her own. Her hair-pulling moved to her scalp around age 10.


Bodek, 36, of Fargo, suffers from trichotillomania, a compulsive disorder that causes people to pull hair from different parts of their bodies.

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Meredith Holt
Meredith Holt is a Forum features reporter who writes a twice-monthly column on body image, weight loss (and gain), health and fitness. Her topics of interest include mental health, relationships and women's issues. She also does page design and copy editing, which she did for six years prior to joining the features staff in March 2012.
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