Trichotillomania Blog

Overcoming trichotillomania is not about perfection

For most, it’s only natural to assume that the longer you’ve had your problem (e.g. trichotillomania), the longer it has to take in therapy, etc., to fully cure.  But is this really the case? The truth is, how long you’ve been struggling with trichotillomania, or how bad it’s been, has nothing at all to do with how long it has to take to get it handled once and for all. It is not about perfections, it’s about overcoming trichotillomania in the long run.

New Trichotillomania Treatment Product- Prohibere

What is Prohibere?

Prohibere is the first treatment for trichotillomania that address the physiological aspect of the disorder. Not only was Prohibere formulated to prevent the urge for patients to pull their hair, it is designed for use as a hair product. No other numbing treatment on the market is tailored for use in hair. Additionally, the product performs exceptionally for migraine relief.

Who are the people behind this treatment product?

Emily Kight has trichotillomania. She has been working at a lab while pursuing a bio-engineering degree, and decided to put her skills to use to adress the challenges she faces with trich on a daily basis. She developed the formula, made a small batch for testing, and has presented the idea at competitions. She has worked to develop key partnerships with the trichotillomania community.

Pubic Hair Pulling

By nature trichotillomania already causes the sufferer great shame and embarrassment, especially when there is noticeable hair loss. But what happens when the behavior is focused in the pubic region? While this may be easier to hide, it is also the most under reported symptom of compulsive hair pulling due to the extremely private and shameful nature of the behavior. While trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) are gaining momentum in awareness from the increasing number of people speaking out about their experiences with this condition, those who pick in the pubic region remain hidden in the dark.

New Study - The Difference between OCD and Trich

Trichotillomania at times resembles Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in the feelings of compulsion and repetitive behavior, but the two disorders have different symptoms and require different treatments. Trichotillomania may also resemble a tic disorder, as the action of pulling feels automatic and is preceded by an uncomfortable sensation that must be relieved.

Similarities between obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and trichotillomania (TTM) have been widely recognized. Nevertheless, there is evidence of important differences between these two disorders. Many people with trichotillomania try to stop the behavior but feel unable to do so. At times, these behaviors are consciously and intentionally performed as a means of coping with powerful or painful emotions. However, unlike OCD compulsions, people with hair-pulling disorder report a pleasurable gratification from hair pulling.

Annual BFRB Conference 2017

Body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) is an umbrella name for compulsive behaviors involving repetitively acting upon one's own body, with the unintended consquence of damaging one's physical appearance or causing physical injury. The main BFRB disorders are:

Trichotillomania, hair pulling
Trichophagia, hair nibbling
Trichotemnomania, hair cutting
Dermatillomania, skin picking
Dermatophagia, skin nibbling
Onychotillomania, nail picking
Onychophagia, nail biting
Morsicatio Buccarum, cheek biting
Morsicatio Labiorum, inner lip biting
Morsicatio Linguarum, tongue biting

Natural trichotillomania treatment

Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of pseudoscientific practices branded as "natural" and as promoting "self-healing," including homeopathy, herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling. Natural treatments for trichotillomania can be a health care practice that does not follow generally accepted medical methods and may not have a scientific explanation for its effectiveness. Examples of alternative medicines are homeopathy and herbal medicine and may involve biofeedback or acupuncture.

Scalp pain remedies for trichotillomania

It is estimated that 1 in 50 people experience the compulsion to pull their own hair out. For the majority of people the compulsion is focused around the scalp, although many also pull from their eye lashes eye brows and even the pubic region. This caused immense shame and guilt with many never seeking help and suffering in silence. While the pulling itself can cause stress, stress initself can also trigger pulling. This sets in motion a cycle of behavior and consequence that is difficult to break.


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