Trichotillomania, or hair pulling, is something you may not be familiar with unless you or someone you know suffers from this condition. It is actually more common than you might think, with 280 million or 3.4 percent of the world’s population having trichotillomania on a daily basis, according to Health Research Funding.

What Causes Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder that is triggered by things like stress, anxiety, boredom and a host of reasons that are psychological in nature. Some do it unconsciously while others get a sense of relief from hair pulling.

What Not to Say

If you know someone with trichotillomania, there are a few things you should not say to the person.

  • Just Relax
    While anxiety and stress are certainly a trigger for those suffering from this condition, telling someone to just relax is not going to make their life suddenly perfect. It isn’t as simple as that. Just like you would not tell someone to relax (or rather you shouldn’t do so) if they are having an anxiety attack, this is a similar situation. It’s more difficult than simply relaxing when it comes to trichotillomania.
  • Just Stop
    This falls under the same umbrella as telling someone to relax. If “just stopping” were that easy, this condition wouldn’t exist. In fact, putting pressure on someone to stop and implying that it will solve their problems actually causes more stress.
  • Don’t Cover It Up
    Similar to self-harm, shaming someone by telling them to stop covering up what they have done is not positive and doesn’t help. Actually, this can lead the person to feel worse about themselves and hopeless at being able to recover. If they feel the need to hide what they are doing, then let them. In this same vein, do not point it out if you catch them participating in hair pulling. This may be embarrassing and shameful and will only deter their recovery.

If you or someone you love is suffering from trichotillomania, a psychologist may help with recovery, while hair restoration or hair replacement can gain back their confidence and self-esteem. Hair loss as a result of trichotillomania can be both scary and confusing. If you are an individual that is going through this, at Transitions Hair Loss Centers we understand that you are coping with not only a serious medical condition, but also with the social stigma that accompanies hair loss. To find a hair restoration studio near you click here.



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