Trichotillomania Blog

Relaxation Therapy for Trich

An itching or tingling sensation in your fingers is a precursor to the urge you have to pull out the hair from your own head or other parts of your body. You use your fingertips to seek out the perfect hair, rubbing it between your fingers and sometimes smelling it or chewing on it before pulling it out. Whilst it may seem that you are the only person afflicted with this strange disorder, globally there are thousands of people suffering from Trichotillomania, also known as Hair Pulling Disorder.



There are five criteria for a person to be diagnosed with Trichotillomania, as set out in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM5)

1. Repetitive pulling resulting in noticeable hair loss.

2. Tension prior to pulling or when trying to resist the urge to pull.

Surviving BFRBs in College

Although trichotillomania seems to be more common in children than adults, severity of presentation appears to be higher in adolescence and prognosis becoming poorer as onset age approaches adulthood. This means that adolescent to young adult sufferers usually has a more long-lasting form of the disorder and do not respond as well to treatment. The transition between adolescence and being a young adult is a very stressful time as there are many life stage transitions that occur during this period, one of them being the transition into college. This can be particularly stressful if you are moving away from home to attend college and are living in shared accommodation such as a dorm environment.  These sentiments were shared by a trichotillomania learning centre (TLC) member and DC areas trich support group facilitator, Ellen.

The Heart and Soul Academy

The Heart and Soul Academy for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs), based in Colorado, USA, was founded in 2013 by Christina Pearson, founder of the Trichotillomania Learning Centre (TLC). Christina herself was a sufferer of both hair pulling and skin picking disorder from a very young age, and she found that there were little or no resources for sufferers of BFRBs. She formed the Heart and Soul Academy, a non-profit organization, as a direct response to a growing community need for people suffering from BFRBs. Christina is involved in serving the community and has devoted her life to raising public awareness and developing resources that aid in reducing the suffering of those afflicted with Trichotillomania and other obsessive compulsive disorders. In addition to founding the organization, Christina lectures and does media presentations on BFRB’s.

Tips for hair growth for hair pullers

Overwhelming feelings of stress, tension and anxiety in Trichotillomania sufferers can lead to them fearing that there is no escape from this seemingly unusual disorder. As much as the actual act of hair pulling needs to be acknowledged and treated, a sufferer’s next most obvious concern is to have his or her hair grow back. Trich sufferer Hannah Bunker unpacks tips for hair growth in her you tube video.

Hannah's tips:

A person suffering from a hair pulling disorder needs to implement a daily routine to ease the anxiety they feel before pulling. Hannah offers six tips that trich sufferers can make use of for hair regrowth:

Show your #thisisme for BFRB awareness week

BFRB awareness week is approaching! Every year from 1-7 October those involved in the advocacy and awareness of BFRBs such as hair pulling and skin picking disorder, observe BFRB awareness week. This year a group called the TLC Millennial Task force have come up with an engaging online awareness campaign designed to show the many faces of BFRBs. BFRBs affect people from many different walks of life—people of different races, genders, socio-economic statuses, and locations—in both obvious and subtle ways. #thisisme is a way for the global BFRB community to reach out and get that message across, and hopefully raise awareness in all communities.

New research on efficacy of meds used for trich

Trichotillomania can be a debilitating condition and the road to recovery is long and ongoing. Although cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has shown to be the most effective type of treatment approach for trichotillomania, many people ask about the availability of a medicinal cure. To date there is no single pharmacological treatment that has been seen to be an effective 'cure' for trichotillomania. There are however a number of medications that have shown to reduce the urge to pull in hair pullers, which greatly increases the chance of successful CBT treatment. However not all medications identified for trich will work for everyone and there are different categories of medications that are commonly prescribed. One type of medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), commonly prescribed anti-psychotic used to treat depression, is a class of drug also commonly used to augment trichotillomania treatment.

How to stop pulling in children

You may have never heard of Trichotillomania before your own child started pulling out his or her hair. But the reality is that compulsive hair pulling affects thousands of children around the world. And contrary to popular belief, it is not just a bad habit. Watching your child pull out his or her own hair can be very painful and distressing for parents. So what can you do to help your child to overcome this disorder that can begin in children as young as nine months old and continue right into adulthood?

Successful Weightloss Blogger Talks Trich


Meet Jay a well-known celebrity for his technology channel who has come to be known as the ‘You Tube Geek’ and also a successful weight loss blogger. These accolades have led many subscribers to his main channel as well as attracted many followers to his blog. In this blog where he has a wide audience of followers from his success as a weight loss blogger Jay confesses for the first time publicly about the torture and shame he has endured for the past 21 years due to trichotillomania. Deciding to share publicly for the first time about this disorder makes Jay feel he is taking control over something that has controlled him for way too long.


You doing it, you don’t want to do it, you know you doing it, but you cannot stop doing it. What then do you do?!

Fiddles and Fidgets

It may seem strange walking around with a bagful of unusual toys if you are a teenager or an adult with no children of your own. But if you are a sufferer of Trichotillomania, a hair pulling disorder common in a large number of people around the world, your bagful of toys might be your salvation. Trichotillomania is the repetitive pulling of hair from any part of the body, most especially the scalp. This disease often goes unnoticed because those inflicted by it are often able to hide the symptoms, covering up their baldness or scabs with hats, scarves or longer length clothing. Sufferers continuously pull the hair from their head or body in an effort to relieve tension and anxiety when confronted with a stressful situation.


Online Test for Trichotillomania

Find Out The Severity of Your Hair Pulling With This Free Online Test