How to stop hair pulling? Treatment for Trichotillomania provides cure with a guarantee. Blog post by mental coach & trainer learning people how to cure hair picking and get their life back.
When you are looking for treatment for Trichotillomania, it is good to realize that you are not alone and this behavior can indeed be overcome to change your life for the better.
But lets first explore the behavior in itself. Because what actually is Trichotillomania, or more specifically, what does a person do who suffers from this kind of behavior?
Trichotillomania is a kind of behavior where the person involved regularly pulls out his / her own bodily hair and seems to have no option to do otherwise.
The hair-pulling can happen consciously or unconsciously (for more details on this, see the blog post: How quickly can effective treatment for Trichotillomania be provided?).
In the first instance, the person is actually aware of pulling out hair while doing it, in the second instance he or she is not.
When it happens unconsciously, the person is often in a kind of ´trance´ (can happen during daytime or while sleeping) and realizes only later that they did it again.
Often by seeing the hairs they have been pulling out. Or sometimes the persons is being ‘caught in the act’ by people closely surrounding them who are aware of the behavior.
Hairs can be pulled out from the scalp, eye lashes, eyebrows, or any other place at the body where hair grows. After the person has pulled out the hair, they can investigate it closer, play with it or sometimes eat it.
In due time, that act of eating hair (also called Trichophagia) can cause hair balls (also called Trichobezoars) in the stomach or the small intestine that – in extreme cases – will have to be removed through a surgical operation.
Actively working on treatment for Trichotillomania already started around 1889
You might not be aware of this, but the first reports of people recognizing and looking for treatement for trichotillomania are quite old.
The behavior might still be relatively new to you in your life, but Trichotillomania was first addressed in 1889 by the French dermatologist Francois Hallopeau.
The word itself is comprised from the Greek words ´hair´ (tricho) and pulling (tillo). The last word ´mania´ is defined as having an excessive and intensive interest or enthusiasm for something.
In many cases we find it wonderful when someone has a mania for something. Quite often we refer to this as an enormous amount of passion.
In the German language they use the word ´Begeisterung´, which often has a very positive meaning. Just like the word passionate in English.
And the founding father of ´success management´ – Napoleon Hill – already discovered that one of the key characteristics of winners is the ability to create a burning desire for something. To want something with all of your might, to have a mania for something.
So when you currently suffer from the behavior of compulsively pulling out your hair, you apparently have a talent that can truly serve you in your life, which you probably have not learned to utilize more effectively.
Somehting to think about!
With love & wishing you well – Rik