Chronic Hair Pulling
Chronic hair pulling, to the extent that it causes notable changes in appearance and distress in the person suffering from this, is called “Trichotillomania.” Not many, including many therapists, are aware of this very common disorder. Even fewer are specifically trained to treat it.
I have been trained by the Professional Training Institute of the Trichotillomania Learning Center to help people dealing with this baffling and life altering disorder.
- You are not alone: Trichotillomania (or “Trich” for short) is very common. Conservative estimates place the rate at 3%. While that might not sound like much, that turns out to be 1 person out of every 33. That means more than 10 million people in the United States of America deal with Trich at some point in their lives
- When does it start: Trich can occur in infants of just several months old. Most children who begin chronic pulling before age 5 often stop on their own or with some help from caregivers. Many others start pulling in early adolescence and unless treated can become a life-long challenge.
- Who pulls?: As of right now research shows us that most chronic hair pullers are female, by a ratio of 9 to 1. However, researchers think males are under-reported.
Treatment for Trichotillomania has shown to be very helpful in helping sufferers learn skills and awareness to manage their urge to pull. Please contact me at 505-271-6630 to set up an initial appointment.