Trichotillomania is the obsessive urge to pull out one's own hair. It leads to noticeable hair loss and distress.

Supporting someone with trichotillomania can help alleviate the symptoms by offering emotional support. 

Here are some useful tips to help someone with trichotillomania. 

Learn about trichotillomania to better understand the condition and its challenges.

Educate Yourself 

Create a safe space for the person to talk about experiences and feelings without judgment.

Open Communication

Understand that recovery from trichotillomania is a process, and setbacks may occur.

Be Patient

Show empathy, compassion, and reassurance, letting the affected know of your support. 

Offer Emotional Support

Refrain from criticizing or making negative comments about his/her behavior.

Avoid Negative Remarks 

Collaborate to identify situations or emotions that trigger hair-pulling episodes.

Help Identify Triggers

Suggest seeking therapy or counseling from a mental health specialist who specializes in OCD and related disorders.

Encourage Professional Help

Encourage the affected person to find alternative ways to manage stress and anxiety, such as relaxation techniques or hobbies.

Promote Healthy Coping Strategies

When you notice hair-pulling behavior, gently suggest engaging in other activities to divert attention.

Offer Distraction

Recognize and celebrate small victories and progress towards his/her recovery, reinforcing positive behavior changes.

Celebrate Progress

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