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.
Create a safe space for the person to talk about experiences and feelings without judgment.
Understand that recovery from trichotillomania is a process, and setbacks may occur.
Show empathy, compassion, and reassurance, letting the affected know of your support.
Refrain from criticizing or making negative comments about his/her behavior.
Collaborate to identify situations or emotions that trigger hair-pulling episodes.
Suggest seeking therapy or counseling from a mental health specialist who specializes in OCD and related disorders.
Encourage the affected person to find alternative ways to manage stress and anxiety, such as relaxation techniques or hobbies.
When you notice hair-pulling behavior, gently suggest engaging in other activities to divert attention.
Recognize and celebrate small victories and progress towards his/her recovery, reinforcing positive behavior changes.