“I’m so stressed, I could just pull my hair out!”
I’m sure you’ve heard that one before, or perhaps even felt that way yourself. But of course it’s just a turn of phrase. A saying. For people dealing with trichotillomania, it is all too real. Trichotillomania is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop. Hair pulling from the scalp often results in patchy bald spots. The bald spots can further add to the stress and discomfort of the affected individual.
While more research is needed in this area, there are several options for treatment and support.
Education – learn about the condition and understand what is happening
Cognitive behavioral therapy – a trained psychologist can help you understand the triggers and learn new behaviors
Alternative therapies – Dietary changes, meditation, hypnosis, prayer, yoga and herbal remedies have all been reported to be helpful by some individuals.
Support groups – Share stories and solutions and find a sympathetic – and often empathetic – ear
The Trichotillomania Learning Center is another important resource. Their mission is to end the suffering caused by a hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.
One of our caring and compassionate hair loss specialists here at Allusions knows the effects of this condition firsthand. You can read Susan’s personal story here.
Susan and our team can help you look your best, so you can focus on the treatment that works best for you.