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One of the things we like to do in this space is to share some of the science behind hair thinning and loss with you. In this episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV™, I talk about Trichotillomania and the options that are available for people suffering from this disorder. If this sounds like you, remember that we have a team of hair loss specialists waiting to help you.
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In this episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV™, you will discover the following:
- What Trichotillomania is
- The different stages of hair pulling severity
- The research behind this common disorder
If you’ve ever felt like pulling your hair out, you are not alone. While this is a common figurative phrase, pulling your hair in a literal sense is very real, and it’s a common disorder that many people may not even realize exists.
What is Trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania, a neurobiological and behavior disorder known as “Hair Pulling Disorder,” is the repetitive pulling out of one’s hair. According to the TLC Foundation, “Trichotillomania is one of a group of behaviors known as Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), self-grooming behaviors in which individuals pull, pick, scrape, or bite their hair, skin, or nails, resulting in damage to the body.” Trichotillomania affects about 1 in 25 people, and the best way to manage this disorder is to educate yourself. While many who experience these urges feel shame and embarrassment, it is essential to spread the message that they are not alone, and there is help out there.
In the video above, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Renae Reinardy discusses this common disorder, the variations of severity and the options for people suffering from this problem that are available.
If you or someone you know has hair loss due to the pulling urges, contact us at Jeffrey Paul’s Hair and Scalp Specialists. We can help assess the problem and provide guidance as to your next steps.
Meet Dr. Renae Reinardy
Dr. Renae Reinardy currently runs a private practice in North Dakota, treating both adults and children with body-focused behaviors and anxiety. Dr. Reinardy is the inventor and program developer of an online program and plush toy (Courage Critters) that helps children overcome childhood fears and unwanted behaviors. She has been featured on Good Morning America, the Joy Behar Show, Dateline NBC, and A&E’s Hoarders.
[shareable cite=”Dr. Renae Reinardy”]Trichotillomania is not the enemy; it’s the messenger.[/shareable]
Be sure and tune in later this week, when we air Part 2 of Dr. Reinardy’s interview: Courage Critters Offer Hope.
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Explore Additional Resources:
In this episode, we used the following:
- Courage Critters
- The TLC Foundation (for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors)
- Heart & Soul Academy
- Book: Women’s Hair Solutions to Thinning and Loss (Consumer Edition) by Jeffrey Paul