Hair pulling or trichotillomania is the compulsive need to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes. This can be accompanied by eating the hair. It is a traumatic condition and of course, can be a visible condition. Skin picking can be part of the process. As the hair pulling occurs in a trance like state, not consciously aware of what is happening, it demonstrates the automatic process as a way to ease turmoil within the mind and body. There is relief when the ritual ends but then is compounded by guilt and self disgust. Stress build up or unresolved issues from the past can be triggers for the process. It is the body’s way to relieve the stress from inside.
But the social aspect and the knock on effect on confidence when it becomes more and more difficult to disguise the bald patches that begin to develop takes its toll.
You are not alone, while it can seem very isolating. Hypnotherapy can is an effective tool to by pass the compulsive element of the hand going to the head/eye area and in the trance like state of hypnosis, a relaxation, we can look at the part that considers trichotillomania a necessary part of your well being and refocus it on something of benefit rather than to your detriment and embarrassment.
My very first client was a lovely young woman who came to see me as it was becoming more difficult to disguise the baldness inside her frontal hairline and she knew she needed help. CBT had not been effective for her. As hair pulling is an unconscious process, logical reasoning is not effective. During the process, it became about that she had unresolved grief in relation to her father’s dead when she was 13. The hair pulling had started a year later. Her father than gone from being a well man to dying within 6 weeks. What was happening was not explained to her. All she knew was that there were adults night and day in her home and she could not see her father. When she could reconcile what had happened, she stopped the hair pulling (it had been decreasing in any case).
I am working with you to create the change you want and there by your side as you work through whatever needs to be released in a safe environment. Appointments in Rivercourt Business Centre, Cornmarket Square, Limerick.
If you want to be free of hair pulling and no longer being defined by your trichotillomania, use the contact form below: