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Trichotillomania-Get out of my hair
Get Out of My Hair
Trichotillomania (Trich or TTM) is a disorder that contains compulsive hair pulling. I thought this might be my first topic, because I am a sufferer. Which means I pull out my hair. I would say that I pulled out my hair, before even knowing what its classification was. Hair pullers as well as me have discovered that it is pleasureful to pull out a hair. This creates like a want and need to pull again to obtain this euphoria. Trich sufferers are more commonly women, although there of course could be men whom pull their hair. The places in which we pull our hair could be: eyebrows, eyelashes, pubic hair, and other hairs on the body. But the most common place is on the scalp. There are of course consequences to hair pulling such as bald spots, stubbled hairs, places where there is differing lengths of hairs, and there also could be in-grown hairs. As a sufferer I unconsciously pull out my hair, this is also a possibility with other sufferers. It occurs in a trans-like state.
Treatment is something a sufferer should not go through alone, of course. Once a sufferer is aware that they have trich and want to overcome it, they should tell family members and friends, no matter how hard it is. Support from family members is a key part of any type of recovery, this is the same as well. For example, my mom knows that I pull my hair. So when we are watching t.v. and I put my hand up to my head to pull out a hair that I want, she asks me if I am going to pull it out. This makes me aware that I am going to pull.
One way to treat one-self toward recovery is cognitive behavioral therapy. Thus granted I know not all are able to do this for their healing process, because it costs too much money and such.
Other things to do:
If and when pulling, keep a plastic bag with you and put the hairs that you pull in to the bag. Do this each day with a new bag. This is so the sufferer can make themselves aware of how much they are pulling every day.
Also there can't be enough positive reinforcement toward yourself. We all have our inner demons that tell us that we aren't good enough, and aren't beautiful enough, etc. The alternative is to have a mantra or saying every day that affirms such things. Say that you are beautiful today, you are happy with who you are and what you have done, etc.
Also I have come across the problem of not loving myself for some times. But I believe now if you can't love yourself, then no one else can love you either. Every time you want to pull, say "I love you" to yourself.
I forgot to mention that there is another effect of having trichotillomania; and that is when the sufferer actually eats the hair that they have pulled and or the follicle. This can become dangerous when hair is eaten, because hair is not actually digestible, therefor it clumps up into a ball called a trichobezoar. This isn't a pretty sight. I am going to post a picture of a trichobezoar that is surgically removed from a person's body. This is quite astonishing.