Being a Teenager with Trichotillomania

It’s easy to feel like you’re the only person in the world who does this, but teenage onset hair pulling is common.  There are lots of teenagers out there who have the same problem. You can talk to other teens with trichotillomania on our forum or you can sign up for a buddy of a similar age.


Christine’s experience

Hair pulling in high school


Is Teenage Hair Pulling a Phase?

Temporary hair pulling in teens can be associated with the stress of studying. If it continues or regularly recurs over six months or more, we recommend you seek treatment for trichotillomania.

Trichotillomania Teens

Being a teenager is difficult anyway, but teens with Trichotillomania face deeper problems than most … There is often nothing worse than school days, when you are actively pulling. Growing up can be scary at the best of times, you feel out of control of the speed at which things are changing, but when your own behaviour is also outside of your own control, it is terrifying. Many teenagers with trichotillomania have depression at some time or another and it can be terribly hard to climb out. Hair pulling can be used as a way to escape from negative feelings or negative situations, but it only makes you feel worse afterwards when you return to reality and realise the damage.

You can learn more positive ways to cope, and ways to beat hair pulling urges.

Get out of the house as much as you can, reduce your sugar intake, talk to someone about your feelings or write a diary or online journal. Our online coaching program is very effective for many teenagers and may be the option for you if you need some extra support to stop pulling.

Updated 02 November 2021, review 2 November 2022