Sometimes stress in our lives is enough to make us want to pull our hair out! Most likely you would never actually do it, but how would you feel if you just couldn’t help it? Trichotillomania, or TTM or “trich,” is when pullers go strand by strand, consciously or unconsciously, to methodically tear out hair from their heads, brows, eyelashes, or elsewhere on their bodies, often creating bald patches.Though this behavior may sound extreme and unusual, you may actually know someone on the trich spectrum: two in 50 people will experience it in their lifetime, according to the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Trich is what’s known as a “body-focused repetitive behavior” (BFRB), similar to biting your nails. Episodes tend to be triggered by lengthy periods of sitting still and most people who suffer from this condition begin showing symptoms in late childhood or early puberty.
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