Most people that pull out their hair – whether it be from their head, eyelashes, eyebrows, arms, legs, armpits or pubic area – don’t talk about it. Many don’t want others to know about their pulling and will go to great lengths to hide it from others.
There are many things that drive people that pull their hair out to keep it from others, including shame, thinking that something is wrong with them or that their behavior isn’t socially acceptable. But it also has an unintended consequence: when people hide their pulling it makes others that pull feel like they are the only ones in the world that do it, and it makes it very hard for those people to find the help they need to stop pulling their hair out.
“I’m pulling my hair out – HELP!”
When people find us, they often ask something like “Can you help me stop pulling my hair out?” Many of these people have been pulling out their hair for 10, 20 or even 40 years, often without anyone else knowing about it. They don’t want others to know that they are pulling, so they try and hide it. This takes a tremendous amount of energy – both mental and emotional – and can be incredibly draining; in fact, many of the people we speak with feel that hiding their pulling is one of the greatest stressors in their lives, even more so than the stress of pulling itself. So it’s no wonder we often hear “I’m pulling my hair out – please help me stop!” The good news is that in most cases, we can.
Finding and Addressing the Root Cause of Trich
We can help most people stop pulling their hair out by finding and addressing the root imbalance(s) responsible for the urge to pull. For many people, the urge to pull is caused by imbalances in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. We use a process called amino acid therapy to find and give each person the exact nutrients they need to correct these underlying neurotransmitter imbalances in order to help people reduce and often eliminate the urges to pull.
Once the urges are gone, people may still be left with the habit of pulling; this is where other therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT) can help. Even if people have tried CBT before and not found it effective, very often CBT techniques work very well once the underlying neurotransmitter imbalances have been corrected and the actual urges to pull have subsided.
Help for People That Pull Out Their Hair
There is help those that are pulling out their hair. Throughout the process, it is really important to note that there is nothing “wrong” with someone that pulls out their hair; it isn’t something that is shameful; it’s not a character flaw. It is likely due to an imbalance in brain chemicals that can be corrected, and we’d like to help. Find out more at www.stoppullinghairout.com and www.amino-acid-therapy.com.