Trichotillomania & how NJ Hair Center can help.

Life is Trichy – Living With Trichotillomania

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 53 seconds

Key Takeaways:

  • Trichotillomania is often referred to as trich or hair-pulling disorder
  • Trichotillomania affects 4% of the population (that’s 312 million people)
  • The mental health field does not know what causes trich or other BFRBs, what triggers these behaviors, or how they should be treated
  • “Life is Trichy”, written by Lindsey Muller is based on the true story of a woman who struggled with trich

Trichotillomania is the most common disorder that no one’s ever heard of. While affecting 4% of the population (that’s 312 million people), it is rarely ever seen or talked about. Referred to as trich or hair-pulling disorder, trichotillomania is defined as a mental disorder that involves the urge to pull from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, and other parts of the body, despite repeated attempts to stop.

Hair-pulling from the face can result in complete or partial removal of the eyebrows and eyelashes, while hair-pulling from the scalp can result in varying degrees of patches of hair loss and hair thinning. The results of hair-pulling can cause distress and can interfere with social and occupational functioning. For some people, the symptoms of trichotillomania are manageable, but for others, the symptoms can be completely overwhelming.

To this day, the mental health field does not know what causes trich or other BFRBs, what triggers these behaviors, or how they should be treated, leaving many people feeling helpless, hopeless, and alone.

After my first experience with trichotillomania, I was so curious and determined to research and find everything I could about this hair-pulling disorder. Back then, I couldn’t find much material about trichotillomania; it was very limited. And towards the end of my research, I happened to stumble upon, “Life is Trichy”, written by Lindsey Muller. Unlike all the medical textbooks about trich, Life is Trichy did not require a doctor to translate the words.

Life is Trichy is a short, light, easy read, and is based on the true story of a 29 year old woman, who struggled with skin picking, nail-biting, and hair-pulling from a very young age.

Lindsey Muller spent years hiding her BFRB’s from everyone she knew, while also pursuing a professional career in psychology to treat others with the same exact challenges. Life is Trichy mixes in Lindsey’s personal struggle with factual information and sheds light on the tricky and unspoken truth about trichotillomania and BFRBs. This book is highly recommended among the BFRB community and deserves a space on any bookshelf.