Written by a woman who herself struggles with hair pulling, the author explains what trichotillomania is and offers a quick lesson in some tricks she's developed over time to resist the urge to pull.
For those who are not familiar with trichotillomania and treatment:
Trichotillomania is compulsive hair pulling. Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors similair to trichotillomania are skin picking, biting the inside of the cheeks, and nail biting. Compulsive hair pulling may result in noticeable hair loss or bald patches, and hair can be pulled from any part of the body. An individual with Trichotillomania may use his or her fingernails, as well as tweezers, pins or other mechanical devices. In severe cases, Trichotillomania can result in permanent hair loss or skin damage. . Often, but not always, Trichotillomania episodes are preceded by a high level of tension and a strong “urge”. Likewise, hair pulling is usually, but not always, followed by a sensation of relief or pleasure. Hair pulling is usually done alone, often while watching TV, reading, talking on the phone, driving or while grooming in the bathroom.
Individuals with Trichotillomania often attempt to hide their hair loss with hats, scarves, long-sleeve shirts, and false eyelashes. Unfortunately, many teens and adults who hair pull experience great shame and distress and as a result may avoid certain activities in which their hair pulling or bald patches might be revealed.
The most effective treatment is a combination of various types of CBT, incorporating Habit Reversal Training (HRT), Stimulus Control, Cognitive Restructuring & Mindfulness. Visit here for more great information on what trich is and about helpful treatment and resources