Trichotillomania, otherwise known as Compulsive Hair Pulling, is determined by an overwhelming urge (although often seemingly autonomous) to pull out ones body hair. While the disorder was thought to be highly uncommon, it has been traced all the way back to 1889. Nonetheless, Trichotillomania wasn’t recognised as a real disorder until 1987.
Today, it’s believed that between 2 – 4% of the Australian population suffer from the compulsion. Sufferers of trichotillomania often feel ashamed, embarrassed or guilty about pulling their hair out and so keep their disorder hidden from family and friends. While trichotillomania can usually be treated, sufferers who don’t seek professional help will often remain isolated and victim to their compulsion.
Do you suffer from Compulsive Hair Pulling?
If you cannot control the urge to continually pluck out your hair, eyebrows, or eyelashes, to the point where there is a noticeable bald spot, it’s possible you’re suffering trichotillomania.
What causes someone to suffer trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania can be a strategy that the sufferers adopt to deal with stress and anxiety in their lives. It’s still unclear whether the disorder is an addictive disorder, related to obsessive compulsive disorder or a form of self harm. Genetic factors may also be involved.
It can be treated
The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy can help you to overcome your compulsive hair pulling. In the first counselling session we’ll get a chance to talk to you about why pulling your hair has become part of your life. What is important at this stage is to identify what type of treatment will work best. Our treatments range from psychotherapy, counselling, mindfulness, traditional and Ericksonian hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Our counsellors are fully qualified in the use of all these disciplines.
How long will treatment to overcome Compulsive Hair Pulling take?
In our experience some people start to sense improvements after just a few sessions (though long term therapy is usually indicated for sustained change). These treatments will aim to put you in control of your compulsion. In the end you will feel better about yourself, without the fear that you aren’t in control of your hands.
Call us today on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out if we can help you overcome the temptation to pull your hair. Your call is completely confidential, and there's absolutely no obligation.
• We can have face to face sessions at our Bentleigh clinic in Melbourne
• If travel is an issue, then we can conduct online counselling using Skype
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