I cannot emphasize enough how much reading can help you in your Trichotillomania treatment, so I have started:
A list of recommended resources for hair and eyelash pullers
You should read to be more informed about your condition and the various possibilities for treatment. But you should also read for inspiration and to help guide you to find a more positive and happy life. Using other people’s energy to boost you up is a great way of getting out of the blues or building the positive outlook that is so essential in treating hair pulling.
The more informed you are about Trich and the more contact with others the better your chances are of beating your condition.
It’s important to know that you are not alone and the anonymous contact with others can help with the feelings of loneliness and isolation that can individuals suffering from Trichotillomania may experience from time to time.
Use the following as a list of recommended resources for hair and eyelash pullers:
Books to read about hair and eyelash pulling and obsessive compulsive disorders
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Fascinating research about ‘habits’ (and while we know that hair pulling is not a ‘habit’ as such, he does go into repetitive behaviors). One simple change can change your life
I just finished the last page of a fantastic book entitled ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg and I really must recommend it for any hair pullers or eyelash pullers out there. While we all know that Trichotillomania is more than just a ‘habit’, Duhigg is using this term in the larger sense of the word and refers to conditions such as alcoholism, gambling, skin picking, nail biting and many other ‘habits’ that science now knows are really series conditions. The theory that Charles Duhigg discusses in his book ‘The Power of Habit’ explains the effect that just one simple change can make on your entire life. It’s a compelling and powerful lesson and one that hair and eyelash pullers can embrace as they move daily through their hair pulling treatment. Gradually put habits in place (I say gradually so that you aren’t too demanding on yourself, setting the bar so high that you are doomed to fail) in just a few areas.
I found this book enlightening, fascinating and very, very hopeful. It’s simple explanations and clear suggestions on applying the findings are fantastic. What is more is that many, many of the methods that we discuss in the Trich Stop Kit are presented and the reason for their success are described and explained in a clear manner. Most of all, I loved the positive messages about the ability to beat these types of conditions, the importance of belief and surrounding yourself with a positive community, and the understanding that while it is very difficult, beating conditions such as Trichotillomania IS POSSIBLE. That message needs to be heard loud and clear.
The Success Principles – Jack Canfield
This is a more general work about success in life, however the principles are great and it has a wonderful upbeat message that leaves you with a positive message for the future.
Stop Me Because I Can’t Stop Myself – Jon Grant
An informative book on impulse control disorders, Dr. Grant’s research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Pretty Little Things – Cheryl Strayed
Funny, insightful and compassionate. This book will show you that we all have our issues and give you strength to keep working towards a better life. “A balm for everything life throws our way.”
Websites to support hair pullers and eyelash pullers
Full of information, seminars and contacting others about OCDs.
Based in the UK, this charity helps individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorders.
We are pleased to promote the new Trich Stop Facebook Community. We know the importance of being part of a positive, supportive, empathetic community of hair pullers and ex hair pullers, and a Facebook community is the perfect place to share. Please join us for regular support, tips and inspiration. You are not alone!
Products for hair pullers
I’ve been in touch with Carmen from Lashdrama who has been telling me about HD eyebrow embroidery (micropigmentation) which gives you permanent 3D eyebrows. She deals with a lot of customers that suffer from eyebrow pulling. This is a wonderful solution to replace eyebrows while dealing with eyebrow trich and while going through treatment for eyebrow pulling. Watch the video to learn exactly how the treatment is carried out and to see how amazing the results are. You can contact Carmen on her Facebook page: Lashdrama.
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What about you? What resources can you recommend other hair pullers and eyelash pullers?