Tricho­tillo­mania Support Online

Welcome To Trichotillomania Support, promoting pull and pick freedom

Trichotillomania Support are non-profit. As volunteers in recovery, we research educate and treat trichotillomania, helping adults and children stop skin picking, stop skin picking and stop cheek chewing, to name just a few of the specialist BFRBs we can help.

Please see our About section to find out what Trichotillomania is and why people pull hair; our Help section for ways you can get involved; Share to find our community and their experiences; Support for useful tips and understanding; Treat for ways to reduce hair-pulling, and Research for the latest developments in the causes and treatment of Trichotillomania.

Trichotillomania test: How Do I Know If I Have It?

A trichotillomania test would be counterintuitive because only you know if you need help to stop hairpulling. We can help with any scalp, skin, mouth or body focused repetitive behavior.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders sites the following criteria for diagnosis of trichotillomania (just one of the body focused conditions we can help)

  • Recurrent plucking of one's hair resulting in noticeable hair loss
  • Increasing build-up of tension immediately before the plucking, which is followed by:
  • a sense of relief or reduction in tension when the hair is pulled
  • The problem is not better explained by an alternative mental or medical disorder
  • The problem results in significant distress or impairment to the individual in social, vocational or other areas of life
  • How Can We Help?

    We offer a treatment program based on cognitive behavioural therapy and habit reversal tailored specifically to Trichotilomania and other BFRB's such as skin picking and nail biting. The course of therapy, which we refer to as "coaching", is delivered by our doctor who is an expert in Trichotillomania and herself an ex-hair-puller. As coaching is conducted online, via e-mail and Skype, it is available to anyone, anywhere.

    Coaching is suitable for adults and children from the age of 3 depending on maturity. Please contact us if you are unsure if coaching is suitable for your child.

    Not everyone will need coaching to become pull-free. We would recommend it only if you answer "yes" to at least 4 of the following questions:

  • Is hair pulling having a negative impact on your relationships?
  • Is hair pulling preventing you from doing things you would like to do, e.g. swimming, progressing at work, socialising
  • Is the urge to pull occurring so often that it's making it difficult for you to concentrate and complete other tasks?
  • Would you say that the urges to pull are very strong or severely strong?
  • Do you find it difficult to stop pulling once you start, losing time to it that you'd rather not?
  • Are you not able to resist the urge to pull?
  • Is hair-pulling causing you distress or to feel negatively about yourself?
  • Has hair-pulling resulted in noticeable physical damage? e.g. bald spots or complete baldness, no eyelashes.
  • Coaching can be bought as a single hour-long session, or more popularly, as a year long course of treatment. Places are limited, please contact us for more information and availability here.

    A summary of all we have to offer can be found on our Support Groups page here and on our services page here.

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