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Sensory overload and how to cope

The world is full of stimuli that affect your five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Every person is unique in the way their brain processes that stimuli and sensory overload can occur for anyone.

What is sensory overload?

Some people feel increased stress when stimuli gets to be too much. Think of that fingers-on-the-chalkboard sound and the sensation you feel when that happens. Now imagine that feeling happening when there are too many people around or when someone touches you or when there is too much noise. When someone has a sensitivity to outside stimuli, the body’s stress response can activate in such a way that the nervous system becomes overwhelmed. Some people experience panic attacks when the nervous system overloads and some people experience physical pain. When that happens, the natural response is to search for a way soothe ourselves or to make it stop.

How to talk to family or friends about your compulsive hair pulling disorder

Compulsive hair pulling is a stressful disorder often hid from family and friends. A cycle of negative emotions goes with the behavior including guilt, shame, and embarrassment. Many people who suffer from compulsive hair pulling prefer isolation, withdrawing from social interaction for fear of judgment. A person is left to deal with the disorder alone, internalizing negative emotions and often struggling with depression and anxiety.

Wig Care

For many people with Trichotillomania, wearing a wig can provide the confidence to go out, it can even sometimes reduce pulling. However good wigs are costly, and with daily wearing they can become worn out so requires special care. Proper care of wigs is important for them to look their best and maintain longevity. First, take care of your own hair. Even if you wear a wig to hide damage from hair pulling, it is important to keep your hair and scalp clean and moisturized. This helps keep you healthy and keeps the underside of the wig clean. Some people choose to wear a wig cap over their hair before putting on a wig, and that should be kept clean as well. The procedure for maintaining your wig will depend upon whether it is synthetic or natural hair. In some ways, synthetic hair is easier to care for than natural hair, but the point is not to treat a wig like your own hair.

25 tips to stop pulling your hair out

Allie is a sixteen year old girl living in Chicago, who makes videos about beauty, fitness, and mental health. Allie also struggles with trichotillomania. In this video she shares some of her tips to stop pulling your hair out. Although there is currently no cure for trichotillomania and no guaranteed way to stop pulling your hair, below is a list of tips and strategies that may be helpful in reducing and/ or stopping your hair pulling. Not all of them may work for you. The idea behind this is to try as many as you possibly can in order to create your very own “stop picking tool kit” that is unique to you. 

 

Dating someone with a BFRB

Dating someone with a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) presents its own set of challenges, which someone without the disorder may find it difficult to navigate. Living with BFRB disorders can cause individuals to feel extremely vulnerable. It can lead to isolation, loss of confidence and feeling of shame. So, perhaps the most valuable thing to do is to take a moment and place yourself in your partner’s shoes. Imagine what they must feel like, if you really get what life must be like with BFRB disorders, compassion and acceptance will automatically show up. You will understand that like anyone, your partner just wants to be treated with love, compassion and acceptance.

What is Body Talk and can it help with hair pulling?

Body Talk is a natural health-care system, which is designed to work with, and support, your bodies’ own natural ability to repair and restore itself. A Body Talk session is designed to re-establish and re-connect the lines of communication which enable the bodies’ internal mechanisms to function at optimal level. This process repairs and prevents disease while rapidly accelerating the healing process.

Body Talk differs from other healthcare modalities in that Body Talk Practitioners do not diagnose but rather, by using neuron-muscular biofeedback, the client’s innate wisdom guides the Practitioner to find the unique imbalances and communication breakdowns, and the priority in which these should be addressed. Body Talk is non-invasive, safe, efficient and easily integrated into other healthcare systems. It is based on scientific principles with an emphasis on safe, effective and affordable healing.

What is hair restoration?

Hair transplant surgery is surgery that is performed to restore hair to areas of the scalp that are bald or that have thinning hair. There are multiple types of hair replacement surgery. Most commonly, these involve hair transplantation, but flap surgery, tissue expansion of the scalp, and scalp reduction surgery, are also methods used for hair replacement. Each of these types of surgeries can be used alone, or in combination, to provide the patient with the best possible outcome for hair replacement. Hair transplantation involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp from a donor site and using them as grafts to be relocated to a bald or thinning area of the scalp.

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