Just what is TrichotillomaniaThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) (American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC, 1994) defines Trichotillomania as:
Recurrent pulling out of one's hair resulting in noticeable hair loss.
Increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the hair.
Pleasure, gratification, or relief when pulling out the hair.
Not better accounted for by another mental disorder and not due to a general medical condition (e.g., a dermatological disorder).
Results in substantial distress and/or interferes with functioning.
Not all patients who pull out their hair meet these strict criteria. In fact, many do not experience a growing sense of tension before pulling. Nonetheless, they frequently have a distressing problem that might very well benefit from treatment.
Finding out I wasn't alone was one of the greatest days in my life. I love chating with others that suffer from this disorder. I have put this site together to help take the work out of your searches, every link you need is right here. I have spent years searching the internet (and still do daily) for the best information out there. These are the sites, I have found to be the best on Trich, plus a few other added bonuses.
Trichotillomania Learning Center: There are some Awesome ladies with this disorder and if it wasn't for Christina Pearson, Founder and Director of TLC, many of us would still think we were alone with this disorder. TLC raises awareness, and does wonderful things in Research and Education with the donations it recieves. Even if you don't have Trich but know someone that does, please consider a small donation. Every little bit helps.