We’ve all had them – the urge to eat, the urge to eliminate, the urge to indulge in a favorite food, the urge to smoke, the urge to lash out in anger – and for some of us, the urge to pull our hair.
The REAL source of trichotillomania-related urges may surprise you.
Lots of people with trichotillomania believe their condition is what causes them to experience the overwhelming, seemingly irresistible the urge to pull. But is this really the case?
Time to look more deeply at what might REALLY be going on.
As we learned in Part I of this article, there’s quite a bit that can be done to effectively support a loved one with trichotillomania. There’s so much to talk about, we divided this information into two parts, with the final three tips to be shared here.
It’s not always easy, but the right kind of support can make all the difference.
One of the most important things to remember is that effective support of a loved one with trichotillomania will be the result of both a positive mindset as well as productive interaction with your loved one.
Here at the Trichotillomania Relief Specialists, we receive lots of emails and questions from concerned parents asking about how to best support their children or other loved ones suffering from trichotillomania. Glei and I would like to share with you what kind of mindset we have found to be useful and supportive for our friends at the TRS.
Genuine caring – and the right kind of support – make it that much easier to conquer trichotillomania.
We’ve encapsulated these ideas into seven powerful points. There’s a lot of content here, so we’ll be sharing the first four suggestions in today’s Part I. We’ll follow up with the final three in Part II, coming up in a few days.
The Real Question
To us, the trick is not explaining why it’s easy to stop – it’s explaining why most find it so difficult. #trichotillomania
Several years ago, a young lady named Sunny came in to see us for assistance in helping to resolve her long-standing challenges with trichotillomania. Currently at the age of 24, she had been pulling since about the age of 13.
In reviewing with Sunny the gist of what she had communicated to us thus far, at some point I commented, “So the reason you keep pulling is because you think you’re unable to control it?”
I’ll never forget what she said next. She said, “I not only THINK I can’t control it – I know I can’t.”
The things we say to ourselves have everything to do with how we feel.
Remember Proverbs 23:7? “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
No wonder Sunny had been finding it so difficult to control her pulling!