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Trichotillomania support zone
Trichotillomania is a common hair pulling disorder affecting between 2% to 5% of the population. Get help to cope with it, manage pulling urges, and live a happier, more confident life.
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What is Trichotillomania?
Get a better understanding of what this hair pulling disorder is, why it occurs and how it shows up.
Get online support
Try these resources developed to help people who pull from their head, eyelashes or eyebrows.
Find a Therapist
Find a therapist or coach with Trichotillomania knowledge for 1-1 sessions in person or by video call.
Is your teenager or pre-teen pulling out their hair? Find out what to do and what to avoid.
Join the official community
You are not alone – join the GROW community forum for people dealing with trichotillomania.
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Help us raise awareness of Trichotillomania & inspire others by sharing your story on the Blog.
Take the online quiz
This 2 minute online self assessment quiz is designed to help you know if you’re showing signs of Trichotillomania.
You are not alone
You have nothing to be ashamed about. Millions of people around the world are also coping with Trichotillomania every day, just like you.
strong urges to pull out specific hairs
Feels like some hairs are thicker or different
Feels like some hair roots are too big
Stress & tension build up with the urge to pull
can't think of anything else during urge to pull
Relief once the right hair has been pulled out
Become a Member Today
Join the private & confidential GROW community for people with Trichotillomania and get access to resources, support and advice.
Watch our 2 minute animated video which helps give an understanding of what Trichotillomania is and how it feels to have it.
Don’t say “just stop pulling!”
People who have trichotillomania didn’t choose to have it – it’s not their fault. It’s a condition that usually starts around puberty, and it usually won’t just go away on its own.
Telling someone with trichotillomania to “just stop pulling” is like telling someone with the flu to “just stop sneezing.” Can you imagine how tough it feels to hold in a sneeze… forever? That’s how it feels when a pulling urge has kicked in.
So don’t be that person who says this to someone with trichotillomania. It’s not cool.
“It started for me when I was about 11. I remember feeling like the hair in a specific part of my head felt like it was burning and the only way I could relieve it was to pull the hairs out. Over a few months, the bald patch got bigger and bigger until it was impossible to hide and my mom was so angry at me, but I couldn’t stop it. Everyone in my family kept saying “just stop pulling” but I didn’t know how to make the feeling stop so I didn’t have to pull my hair out.”
“I’ve been pulling out my eyebrows since I was around 13. Sometimes it feels like the roots of specific brow hairs are too big and the only way I can relax and feel relief is to pull these types of hairs out.”
“I absent-mindedly pull out my eyelashes nowadays. It started with needing to pull out particular lashes when I was younger, but now I find myself casually pulling them out while in bed watching Netflix. It’s like my brain temporarily switches off, I pull out a bunch of eyelashes, then my brain switches back on and i’m so angry at myself for doing it again.”
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