Hair Pulling in ‘Young Adult’

I just watched the film ‘Young Adult’ with Charlize Theron and have mixed feelings about the hair pulling condition that she had. While I’m pleased that hair pulling was dealt with in a major motion picture, and therefore trichotillomania was brought out of the closet somewhat, it did bother me that she was such a nut case. Trichotillomania isn’t a crazy person condition. Hair and eyelash pulling touches all types of people. So I felt like the movie sterotypes hair pullers somewhat.

What do you think?

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  • I agree with you that the trichotillomania was stereotyped somewhat, and this is certainly not a “crazy person condition”, but I think the reason that it was shown in association with depression and alcoholism in ‘Young Adult’ is so that the audience could recognize and identify it as a mental disorder of Charlize’s character. This was the first time I have seen trichotillomania shown in a movie or on TV, and it does bother me that it has a negative connotation in ‘Young Adult’, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it on screen.

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