Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Trichotillomania
The answers in this FAQ is my own opinion
as well as that of other trichsters. I have no medical background and I have
no scientific background, BUT I do have 22+ years of experience of being
a sufferer of trichotillomania. I know how it really is to suffer
from trich. So please keep in mind that the answers given here, is my
personal opinion and experience. I also acknowledge every single person on the
Fairlight BB and the TTM mailer, whose letters have been included in here.
Without their info and help, there would not have been a site like this.
- this is OUR site, not mine!
|What is trichotillomania? ##(the
||Who gets trich?
|Is trich a mental problem?
||Doesn't it hurt?
|Why don't you just stop?
||Where do people pull from?
|Will my child inherit TTM from me?
||How long before my hair will grow back?
|What about shaving my head?
||What control / choices do we have with trich?
|What extra advice do you have concerning shaving (and a few other
||Some practical tips for when you want to pull
|Do others do what I do?
(List of rituals)
do trichsters feel / impact of trich
|Why do I get ingrown hair?
||What reasons do others give for starting?
|What is PPF (what is trich success?)
||What excuses have others given for the state of their hair?
||Various elements that cause pulling
|My tweezers haunt me - what to do?
||So Amanda, what would you suggest?
|Trich = OCD = ICD = something else?
||What is this trich monster you're talking about?
|Myths and facts about trich
||Is pulling sin?
|In a nutshell.....
||Can scalp injury take place?
|How has trich affected our lives?
||How many people are affected by trich?
|Why do some male trichsters have a problem with shaving?
||Is it an iron deficiency?
Can lashes grow back?
I just wanted to email you a photo of my
eyes for you to keep. I had totally bald lids for more than a decade, and brows too. After
I gathered strength, and allowed them to grow in ( not as easy as it sounds) I had a full
set of brows and lashes in under a year ( well under a year if I recall), and have not had
urges ( there , anyway...)since. Please feel free to keep or share my photo with anyone
that wonders if their eyes will ever look normal again.
(please note that this was sent in by a
trichster, this is NOT my (Amanda's) picture)
|Why can I stop in front of others but not other times?
||Trich and the law in the workplace
trich cause eye problems?
my hair grow back? ( a must read)
will it take to grow back?
there a connection between candida yeast and the malesezzia yeast?
Luvox (by John Kender)
Several therapists and TTMers have reported that Luvox seems to make pulling
worse, even though it is an SSRI in the same general class as several others
(Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.) I happened to find today that Luvox is unusual
in that, unlike other SSRIs, it is metabolized by the body by the same enzyme
that metabolizes caffeine. This overloads the enzyme, and the result is that
it takes caffeine four times longer to be removed from the body. Given
that many people have found caffeine to be a trigger, this could help explain why
Luvox is often so dramatically bad.
Ritalin cause trich?
and meds - Dr. Carol Novak at recent TLC retreat
it obsessive grooming?
can't we stop? (+ some tips) - 2001 TLC Retreat by Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D. (from Houston)
|'m not adding
the following pictures out of vanity, but to help answer the
question: Will my hair ever grow back? I hope this will
inspire you to to keep on fighting - I'm proof that hair CAN grow back
fully - even after 21 yrs of extensive pulling. (I'm now at almost 7
PPF (practically pull free)) - Amanda Jan 2003