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Celebrities Who Pull

This year, in the first week of October, the hair pulling community, along with the other body-focussed repetitive behaviours (BFRBs) such as skin picking disorder, observed BFRB awareness week. Many people with BFRBs are never diagnosed and never receive any help or support due to lack of awareness that these behaviours are classified as a disorder. Trichotillomania or hair pulling disorder can also be a source of great shame and embarrassment, so those who suffer with the condition often suffer in silence. So when a celebrity, who is admired for her beauty comes forward with the revelation that she too suffers the compulsion to pull her hair, it offers a sense of acknowledgement that trichotillomania can happen to anyone and that it is not something to be ashamed about.

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