Frank Warren is the brilliant man who came up with the idea of Post Secret. People from all over the world send anonymous post cards in to a P. O. Box sharing their most intimate secrets. Frank has taken these post cards and published 5 bestselling books and has over 600 million views on his website. I first learned of Post Secret when I visited an exhibition of these post cards at The American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore (AVAM). I was fascinated with what people had revealed. Some were quite funny while others I felt the complete shame they felt while writing on their cards. I thought what a beautiful way to reveal a secret safely and get it off of one’s chest. After leaving the exhibit I purchased one of his books and sent my card into Frank. He receives over 100 cards per day. (more…)
Meredith Holt of Inforum located in Fargo North Dakota has published an article dedicated to the topic of trichotillomania. Inforum is North Dakota’s #1 news website. I am lucky enough to say that I had the honor of being one of the women she interviewed for the piece. My hope is the more stories like this out in the world, the more people will know about trich. We are here to eradicate the shame one story at a time. (more…)
When I first decided to blog about trichotillomania, I was very clear with myself. I knew what I would write about and what I wouldn’t. I knew I had no problem being vulnerable, sharing my own story. I also had no issue writing blogs that were fact-based. I did, however, make a conscious decision of what I, 100%, would not include. I was not going to write a single sentence about one of the possible behaviors that one may have with trichotillomania. I was absolutely NOT going to include anything about eating hair.
With BRFB Awareness week right around the corner I have been thinking long and hard about what it is that I can be doing as an individual to help spread awareness. Of course I could go to my obvious go tos which are writing a blog and contacting the media. Both of which I have been doing. That said I wanted to think outside of the normal box that I usually think in and try something different. I found myself really stuck as to where else I could be making an impact. Two days ago I received my answer in the mail, the In Touch newsletter The Trichotillomania Learning Center mails out. Included in the envelope were these great cards that could be mailed out to school counselors and nurses. The cards included information such as resources for both educators and families. (more…)
My trichotillomania all started when I was 6 years old. My mom had gotten married to my little sister’s father and once my sister came into this world, hell started. Not out of jealousy, not because I felt left out but because I was no longer going to be treated well. I had soon entered a world of trichotillomania. I started with my eye lashes. When my step father found out, he would punish me. This was not unusual as he already did so for ridiculous things such as losing pencils at school. The punishment for those things were both crucial and painful. I received never ending beatings with belts, shoes, remotes, anything in sight or even his own thick gruesome bare hands. (more…)
We all have challenges. For some, it’s baggage, family drama, or intimacy issues. For others, it’s trichotillomania – the compulsion to pull out one’s hair. Issues always come out in relationships, sooner or later. If you get close enough to someone, it’s not a matter of if – it’s a matter of when. No one is perfect and we all have “something” going on that will impact a romantic relationship.
Dating someone with trich presents its own set of challenges, which for someone without the disorder may find difficult to navigate. After speaking with quite a few people living with the disorder, some in wonderful, loving relationships, and some not, I have put together 5 things that are helpful in allowing your relationship to blossom if you are in a relationship with someone with trich: (more…)
When living with trichotillomania, it’s normal for many of us to think about how it will affect our love life. For some, trich has been the very thing that has prevented them from having a love life – or at least this is how it has seemed. Others have managed to hide it for some time and are just beginning to date. And some of you lucky ones have already met someone you like. No matter which category you fall into, eventually you will have to figure out how to tell someone you have trich.
I understand if you’re nervous about having the talk. It can be scary to tell someone new. However, it’s not impossible, and it doesn’t have to be the catastrophe you may be envisioning. After to speaking to many trichsters, I’ve come up with five tips to make your conversation go well: (more…)