Category: Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania: Help at last!

Trichotillomania: Help at last!
Finally, finally, finally!! HELP AT LAST!! My oldest daughter, now sixteen years old, has struggled with trichotillomania since she was 7 years old. Trichotillomania (trich) is an impulse control disorder (ICD), body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB), where a person unconsciously pulls out his/her own hair, eyelashes and/or eyebrows. The first pediatrician said, “Don’t worry about it.... Read more »

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast
Last Friday, I left work around noon and headed out of town to spend the weekend writing my novel at a 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast. I love restored old houses. This one, however, could use some TLC; wood flooring in need of refinishing, threadbare carpets, dilapidated and non-functional windows, peeling ceiling paint,... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Her incredibly powerful poetry

Trichotillomania: Her incredibly powerful poetry
One thing I try to do to support my oldest child – the one that suffers from Trichotillomania – is encourage her creative side. This 13 year old girl who suffers from anxiety and compulsive hair-pulling is scary-good creative. She had to write poetry for her Accelerated Language Arts class, and the result is incredibly... Read more »
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Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania
I am a writer; it’s part of who I am. I write to express myself, to share experiences that may resonate with others, to bring hope and encouragement to others, to share God’s Word with the world, to provide useful information to people and to be funny (once in a while). As a storyteller, I... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Remembering that I have another child

Trichotillomania: Remembering that I have another child
For those of you who are new to my Trichotillomania category, my 13 year old daughter has trich – an impulse control disorder where a person has the uncontrollable urge to pull out their own hair. It doesn’t hurt and they will pull hair from anywhere. My oldest pulls her eyelashes, eyebrows and scalp. However, this... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience
If you’ve been following along, you know that my oldest, a 13-year-old 8th grader, suffers from the impulse control disorder (ICD) called Trichotillomania. Trich for short. Trich is the most common ICD nobody’s ever heard of. People with trich impulsively pull out the hair on their bodies, usually without realizing it. My girl pulls out... Read more »
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Trichotillomania: More reasons why a great stylist is so important

Trichotillomania: More reasons why a great stylist is so important
Yesterday, a rainy, dreary Saturday, I found another reason why a great stylist is so important in helping my oldest walk through life with trichotillomania (trich for short). According to the Mayo Clinic: Trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh) is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Just try bullying my girl

Trichotillomania: Just try bullying my girl
From previous blog posts, you may know that my oldest has trichotillomania. Trich is an impulse control disorder (ICD) where an individual pulls out her hair, most of the time without even realizing she is doing it. Both girls and boys suffer from this ICD, but it is more often found in girls. If you’d... Read more »

Trichotillomania: How my girl's fan fiction earned her an A+

Trichotillomania:  How my girl's fan fiction earned her an A+
I am not the only writer in the family. This is the story of how my girl’s fan fiction earned her an A+. I’m putting this post in the Trichotillomania category, because every bit of encouragement, every ounce of positive, self-esteem boosting feedback is incredibly important to my oldest who struggles with trichotillomania. What is... Read more »
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Trichotillomania: My girl's biggest ally and greatest blessing of 7th grade

Trichotillomania: My girl's biggest ally and greatest blessing of 7th grade
If you have been reading along over the last several months, you know that my oldest, now a 7th grader, has an impulse control disorder (ICD) called trichotillomania. Trich for short. The one thing I prayed for the most this new school year was that my daughter would make and keep good friends; friends that... Read more »