Trichotillomania Blog

Get my Hands off Me: Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Documentary

The Plight of Pullers and Pickers

There sadly is not as much information or research available on disorders like skin picking or hair pulling disorder as there should be. However, today’s awareness of psychiatric compulsive disorders and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs) can be attributed to a growing number of sufferers’ willingness to share their stories through online support forums and on social media platforms, such as YouTube, Face Book, websites  and personal Blogs.  In the digital age, someone living with a BFRB can openly tell their stories and experiences to the World Wide Web. They can share things that they have found helpful in managing their disorders and easily connect with others. This in turn opens a channel of communication for other sufferers who are able to find more information on their disorder and see that they are not alone in their struggle.

Hair Pulling and Skin Picking disorder

Trichotillomania is a disorder that primarily deals with recurring urges to pull the hair from one's scalp, eyebrows, or any other areas of the body. Those suffering from the disorder feel as though they are unable to stop, and hair pulling will often leave bald or patchy spots. This in turn causes significant distress and can also interfere with social/work functioning. People who have trichotillomania may in fact go to great lengths to disguise their loss of hair. For some people, trichotillomania may actually be mild and generally manageable for them. For others, the urge to pull hair is compulsive and overwhelming. Some treatment options have in the past helped people reduce their hair pulling, or even stop entirely.

Trichotillomania and Emotional Regulation Difficulties in Children

Emotional regulation is a very important human skill. It is a complex process where initiation, inhibition and modulation of a person’s state or behavior in a certain situation are involved. In simpler words, our thoughts, feelings, heart rate and bodily actions are controlled by our emotions. At times we may act or say things we regret later. Techniques like meditation and yoga enable us to improve our mood and increase our compassion.

Emotional Regulation Problems 

Kennneth Barish Ph.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University and author of “Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems.” He says people ask him why their child keeps on acting in a certain way i.e. hitting his siblings, refuses to do his work and/or lie, knowing that he will be punished for his behavior. The answer to this question is,

Quick, easy go-to makeup looks for hiding trichotillomania

The physical effects of Trichotillomania are relatively easy to detect. Sufferers of the disorder are usually left with the tell-tale bald patches on their heads and sparse eyebrows or eyelashes. Stress and your genes might play a part in your propensity towards compulsive behaviors. People who have other obsessive compulsive disorders may be more likely to develop a behavior like Trichotillomania. The experts think the urge to pull happens because the brain’s chemical signals (neurotransmitters) don’t function optimally. Negative emotions associated with the disorder can wreak havoc on the sufferers wellbeing and self esteem. Since the emotional effects are hidden and internalized, unlike the physical effects, they are significantly more difficult to cope with.

Combining Psychological Treatments for Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is generally described as a condition in which a person compulsively pulls their hair out of their scalp until bald patches appear on their head, or they are left without hair. According to a recently published research paper on trichotillomania, it is: 

"a disorder that involves persistent and excessive removal of hair from one's body (e.g., scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes), resulting in evident hair loss."

What is Rapunzel Syndrome?

Rapunzel syndrome is the name given to an extremely rare medical condition that arises when a person eats their own hair or hair extensions. The clinical term for the ingestion of hair is trichophagia and can have fatal consequences. As a result of the human body's inability to digest hair, any hair or synthetic fibre such as wool, that is eaten accumulates over time into a mottled, enmeshed mass in the digestive tract, blocking it. Surgery is usually required to remove these hairballs, known as trichobezoars that can cause extreme discomfort and even become life-threatening, resulting in death.

Introducing the Pull Thru Blog

The Pull Thru blog is a fresh new online resource that tackles a grim topic like Tricholomania with an incredible sense of humour and wit. Blogger Lindsey, a “Trichster” herself; has pulled her eyebrows and eyelashes for as long as she can remember. She started the blog to empower Trich sufferers and promises that visitors to her site can find “everything Trichollomania, in one place”. She intends to arm visitors with as many Trich hacks as she can. The site provides advice for those with the disorder, coping strategies and tried and tested products.

Why do I pull when I am upset?

The Trichotillomania Relief Specialists (TRS) provide cutting edge services and support for sufferers of Trichotillomania or hair-pulling disorder and other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs) worldwide. The specialists provide one-on-one coaching or web based video conferencing to help treat those with the disorder. Each program is tailored to the individual, because no two Trich sufferers are the same and what works for one may not work for another. The Trich-Free Solution treatment provided by TRS shows sufferers how to unlock their own innate ability to easily and naturally control not only the pulling but the urge to pull.

Fight Trich with team Brittany

Brittany is a 25 year old university graduate from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was always active as a child; she played sports liked tennis, rode horses and loved to dance. But Brittany had a secret, she has trichotillomania or compulsive hair pulling disorder; a disorder related to obsessive compulsive disorder, and is characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair. She has been living with trich for 5 years now. She started pulling at 20 years old but her condition worsened after 2 years and she was forced to finally tell her mom that she was pulling and didn’t know why, and that she simply could not stop.


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