The Two Sides of Trichotillomania


Meet Emma Garcia, a young vlogger since 2013 who shares intimate feelings and experiences about living with trichotillomania. In this vlog, Emma talks about the two sides she experiences with having trichotillomania and particularly when she has had a bout of compulsive hair pulling. She talks about the guilt and anger she feels toward herself, but at the same time she feels like she doesn't want to let this behavior to take control over her life. She talks about not wanting to be "that girl" who mopes about and is "obsessed with [my] hair". This dilemma that Emma feels is one that so many people struggling with body-focussed repeptive behaviors experience.

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To Be or Not to Be

On the one hand Emma wants to be strong and brave, not feeling the need to complain about her struggles all the time, but she also recognizes the importance of acknowledging the struggle and the hardship that comes with having trichotillomania. She find that oh so delicate balance between allowing herself to be sad and grieve the hair pulling process, but at the same time be bale to show herself the compassion and inspiration she needs to work through these negative emotions. Emma wants to be real. You are real Emma, and we wish you all the best on your journey to recovery.




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