Trichotillomania Blog

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.

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.

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