Category: Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania: The new school year begins

Trichotillomania: The new school year begins
Trichotillomania (trich or TTM for short) is a hair-pulling disorder 1 in 50 people have. My oldest is that 1 in 50. Today, she starts 7th grade, and I am relieved. I’m hoping the distraction of being back in school will help curb the compulsion. She is a subconscious puller; she doesn’t even know she’s... Read more »

Change is the only true constant in life

Change is the only true constant in life
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about living in the routine of life – walking in the status quo, as it were. The reality, though, is that change is the only true constant in life. Status quo, life without chaos, is a good thing. It allows us moments of rest between the... Read more »

Trichotillomania, Left Wrists and Dislocated Thumbs: Why this mom totally LOST it today

Trichotillomania, Left Wrists and Dislocated Thumbs: Why this mom totally LOST it today
I have two children. I took them ice skating, and within 20 minutes of each other, they both fell and needed x-rays on their left wrists. My oldest of these two children also suffers from an impulse control disorder called trichotillomania (she pulls out her eyelashes, eyebrows and hair) which I am doing a series... Read more »
Advertisement:

Trichotillomania: the NEW new therapist

Trichotillomania: the NEW new therapist
If you had noticed, I haven’t posted anything about my oldest’s journey in dealing with trichotillomania lately. That’s because there just wasn’t anything to report. Last January, we were blessed (so we thought) to get Saturday appointments with her therapist. With the counseling office being an hour drive one way and the therapist not having... Read more »

Hair is the bane of my existence

Why is hair the bane of my existence? 1. …because I have a tweener with trichotillomania (click to read my ongoing series about her treatment for this hair-pulling disorder). 2. …because I have two pugs that shed more hair in a day than they could possibly regrow, and yet, they are not bald. 3. …because... Read more »

Trichotillomania: The difference a great stylist can make

Trichotillomania: The difference a great stylist can make
As most of my regular readers know, my oldest daughter suffers from an impulse control disorder (ICD) called trichotillomania (trick-oh-til-oh-may-nee-ah). She pulls out her own hair compulsively, and often, without any cognizant thought to do so. She has pulled her eyelashes and eyebrows for years, but about 8 weeks ago, she moved up to pulling... Read more »
Advertisement:

Trichotillomania: the new therapist

Trichotillomania: the new therapist
Trichotillomania is a sneaky little booger. Everything that I’ve read about it says that there isn’t usually one “cause,” so how in blue-blazes are we supposed to treat this? Carefully, slowly and with a variety of approaches. That’s how. Before I get too far into this post, I wanted to say thank you to those... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Step 2 - getting help

Trichotillomania: Step 2 - getting help
Trichotillomania: Step 2 – getting help Oh. My. Goodness. Why is this such a difficult process? I have to throw a shout out to my oldest’s school social worker. She jumped right in, offering the help she can. When we got done on the phone today, I felt as though my oldest will have the... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Where do we start?

Trichotillomania: Where do we start?
Trichotillomania (trich for short), is an impulse control disorder, or ICD. This is the $3.oo word for our household this week. So what is trichotillomania and why am I blogging about it? Trichotillomania is a mental disorder that involves the irresistable urge to pull out hair. I am blogging about it, because my oldest has... Read more »
Advertisement: