Do you pull your hair compulsively, often pulling your hair out and leaving bald spots behind? If so, you may be struggling with trichotillomania – and you’re not alone. According to the Trichotillomania Learning Center, it is estimated that between two and four percent of the population are living with trichotillomania, which equals between two million and 10 million Americans. Though it strikes boys and girls in equal numbers in childhood, between 80 and 90 percent of those who have the disorder in adulthood are women.
If you are one of those people, you don’t have to continue to live with the stress and shame that often characterizes life with trichotillomania. We can help you find treatment in one of the top exclusive trichotillomania treatment centers which can help change your life. Call now.
*Whose Fault Is Trichotillomania?
It’s no one’s fault! It’s not your fault that you compulsively pull your hair, and it’s not the fault of your family members. It’s not a genetic trait, either, so it likely was not passed down to you through your parents. It’s not the fault of the people who cause you stress that increases your tendency to pull your hair. It’s a disorder, and the good news is that it’s one that’s treatable.
*Who Needs Trichotillomania Treatment?
If you compulsively pull your hair to the point that you hurt yourself in the process, then you need trichotillomania treatment. If you hate the way your hair looks due to the hair pulling, then you need trichotillomania treatment. If you have tried to stop pulling your hair but can’t stop yourself, then you need trichotillomania treatment.
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Trichotillomania Treatment Options
There is no one treatment that has been found to be effective for everyone but different combinations of the various therapeutic interventions can work to limit the hair pulling behavior. The most common include:
- Medication. Sometimes antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and further medications that address other issues behind compulsivity can be helpful in the treatment of trichotillomania.
- Traditional therapy. One-on-one cognitive behavioral therapy is usually the treatment of choice because it’s a therapy that focuses on learning new positive behaviors to replace negative behaviors.
- Alternative therapy. Animal-assisted therapies, creative therapies, active therapies – each of these can help patients get to emotional places where words cannot penetrate.
- Support groups. Twelve-steps and other groups where participants focus on recovery from trichotillomania can help you to feel less alone, give you a forum for sharing your stories, and a place to ask for advice.
Dealing With Stress Without Pulling Your Hair
For most dealing with trichotillomania, the primary trigger is stress. Stress at work, stress at home – whenever you feel anxiety, fear or worry, you’re more likely to indulge in the compulsive behavior. Unfortunately, hair pulling does nothing to relieve the stress and ultimately just adds to it. A big part of trichotillomania treatment focuses on learning better ways to handle stress as well as ways to recognize triggers before they happen so you can be more vigilant about actively choosing not to pull your hair.