I think of each hair as a problem, and once it’s out, it’s a problem I no longer have to deal with.
Happiness doesn't come from a full head of hair or having eyebrows.
"It looked like something from a horror film."
I remember one night at summer camp when my counselors sat us in a circle and asked us each to share a "physical scar" and "emotional scar" that made an impact on our lives forever. Twenty minutes later, our entire bunk of prepubescent sixth grade girls was sobbing uncontrollably.
First step is acknowledging the problem.
Rebecca Brown gets real about struggling with Trichotillomania.
Statistics show that 2 in 50 Americans have a BFRB. However, the real number may be much higher. Many people are too embarrassed or ashamed to admit they have a BFRB and go to great lengths to hide their behavior from family, friends, and medical professionals.
1. "I think that the biggest impact that dermatillomania has had on me is being the only one my age with 'acne' and knowing
Sometimes they’re even put in the category of self-harm, like cutting, which is absolutely not true. There is no evidence
"The positive effects of the habits are stimulation and a (maladaptive) way of regulating emotion," O'Connor said in an email
I was positive people wouldn't accept me if they knew I pulled out my hair. And I was even more positive that if they did find out, if they didn't judge me for pulling, they'd reject me for the fact that I didn't know why I was doing it, and that I wasn't able to stop myself.
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YouTuber Rebecca Brown was diagnosed with trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder commonly associated with anxiety
My first experiences began somewhere around age 13. I picked on myself when I felt picked on at school or home and late at night when studying for tests because I didn't know the answers or when I worried over upcoming tests.