Trichotillomania,* also known as Hair Pulling Disease, is categorized as a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB). Individuals suffering from Trich feel compelled to pull out hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. BFRBs include other familiar “bad habits” like picking acne or dry skin, biting the insides of cheeks, nails or cuticles.** These behaviors might sound common and seemingly harmless, but for some people they are uncontrollable and a source of suffering, humiliation and pain.
The good news is, Trich is very treatable.
Treatment includes a complete analysis of the behaviors to uncover when and where they occur, what situations or emotions bring out these behaviors, and what purpose are they serving (do you ever find picking and pulling help you to feel more calm?).
Cognitive Therapy, Behavioral Therapy (specifically, Habit Reversal Training), and environmental changes are used to create strategies to reduce the unwanted behaviors and diminish the damage that can result from picking and pulling.”
**(collectively known as Skin Picking Disorder/Excoriation Disorder)