Top Tips To Help With Trichotillomania
The Experts at Rituals Hair Lab in Scotter, Nr Gainsborough Explore Tips To Cope With Trichotillomania
Trichotillomania is also known as the "hair pulling disorder", where those who suffer from the condition may pull out the hair on their head or in other places, such as their eyebrows or eyelashes. Trichotillomania is more common in young adults and teenagers.
Trichotillomania causes are often complex, each case is different and will vary from person to person. It can be an extremely emotionally distressing condition however, we can assure you that you are not alone and there is support available. We have collated a list of helpful tips that may be of some value whilst trying to cope with trichotillomania.
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Keep A Hair Pulling Diary
Everyone will be at a different stage in their trichotillomania journey however, you might not be ready to talk about it or receive hair loss treatment yet. If you keep a diary of how you’re feeling, it may provide some relief and offer an insight into the triggers of your hair pulling, particularly if you are not pulling your hair consciously. A diary is also a great way to track your progress and be proud of any achievements.
Keep Your Hands Busy
If you know that boredom is a trigger for your hair pulling, it may be worth investing in sensory items, such as a stress ball, or take up an activity such as drawing. This will keep your hands occupied and distract your mind from the urge to pull.
Confide In Your Loved Ones
If you feel that you are ready to talk about your condition, confide with loved ones on a level that you feel comfortable. Those close to you will want to help and support you, perhaps you could devise a code word that they can use if they see you pulling, or that you can use if you feel the urge to pull.
Seek Support Outside of Your Family
There are lots of support groups and professionals available to provide support during your journey so take a look at resources available, from hair loss treatment salons to therapists. New research and studies into Trichotillomania are ongoing, so you may be able to gain deeper understanding of the condition and how you can tackle it.
Get to Know Yourself
Just remember that no condition should define you and, regardless of where you are in your trichotillomania journey, you have the control to cope with the condition at your own pace on your terms – you’re not alone. Talk to yourself kindly and learn what your body needs instead of pulling. Perhaps your body is tired, hungry, sleepy, bored etc? Then tell yourself out loud what you need and go do it.
If you are ready to discuss the hair loss treatments we have available at Rituals Hair Lab in Scotter, Nr Gainsborough, please book an appointment with us today, or give us a call on 01724 764418 and we will be happy to help.