Trichotillomania in the Media, promoting public understanding of the hair-pulling disorder
We are committed to educating people about trichotillomania, through the media. Our goal is particularly, to educate the public, schools and health professionals about how the disorder feels and treating tricsters sensitively as well as respectfully. Treating people with trichotillomania respectfully often means not disclosing the hair pulling to anyone without the person’s consent, so it can sometimes be difficult to find people with trichotillomania willing to talk to the media or appear on camera. If you would like somebody from Trichotillomania Support to give a talk about trichotillomania, please contact us.
Trichotillomania is often portrayed in the press using extreme photographs and the individuals portrayed are rarely indicative of most people with trichotillomania. The majority of people who pull hair from their scalp, for example, retain 70% of their hair at all times. Baldness would only be revealed by parting the hair and looking closely. Extreme cases do exist but are much rarer than you might expect. Many female eyelash pullers cover their bald eyes with make up very cleverly and you would never notice.
One of the treatments that helps substantially with hair pulling is specialist trichotillomania treatment.
How you can help:
We are often looking for people to share their story in the press, helping spread knowledge and awareness of trichotillomania. Working with our press agency ensures that everything is handled respectfully and nothing is released that you’re unhappy with.
Trichotillomania press reports include:
01 Oct 18 ITV News Segment 1
10 Dec 02 Bella Magazine: An article in Chat about Neo’s journey with Trich
29 Sep 06 BBC News Article: Hair Pulling Gene Found.
20 Jan 09 Southern Daily Echo Article on eyelash pulling
6 Jul 09 BBC News Article: Tearing their hair out feat. Neo, Jaya and Lois
6 Jul 09 BBC News Article: NAC Supplement for hair pulling
7 July 09 BBC Breakfast News: Neo is called in as a trichotillomania expert on BBC1 TV
7 July 09 Jeremy Vine’s Radio Show: Jaya & Neo get grilled by Jeremy Vine on Radio 2
6 Aug 09 Chat Magazine: An article in Chat about Neo’s journey with Trich; Pictures Neo & Jaya
9 Aug 09 BBC News Article: First UK Eyelash Transplant
28 Feb 10 The Sunday People Newspaper: An article about a toddler with trich
2 Mar 10 Channel 4 TV Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance: About a 3 year old with trich
4 Feb 11 ITV This Morning Georgia and mum Dee discuss trich and derm
29 Mar 12 Trichotillomania letter submitted to Dear Deidre agony column in the Sun newspaper
14 March 2016 Neo talks on Jeremy Vine’s Radio Show: Neo talks on Jeremy Vine’s Radio Show
October 17 BBC News Trichotillomania Recovery Story
Nov 17 Why stop hair pulling