How many times have you been to your psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor or other mental health professional, and the first question they asked is “So what do you want to work on today?”
It’s best to know what exactly you’re there to accomplish in each therapy session.
Well-intended though we’re sure this question is, from a therapeutic standpoint there’s a critical flaw in this kind of language. Unfortunately, that flaw all but guarantees you’ll leave that office still burdened with your trichotillomania problem.
There are plenty of similarities in the experiences of both younger and older individuals who suffer with trichotillomania. Yet there are also several important differences.
Teens with trichotillomania deal with unique issues that require special consideration.
Familiarity with the differences between teen trichotillomania and that of other age groups can help laypersons, loved ones and clinicians be considerably more effective in helping this very special group of young people.
As discussed in our last article, there are lots of reasons why most fall short, even in their most earnest attempts, to beat trichotillomania. You now know that many of these failures are a result of a limited mindset – a frame of mind that practically guarantees defeat, even with the best-laid plans.
For many, the journey back from trichotillomania requires a significant leap of faith.
Worse it is, however, for those who refuse even to try to get better – for those who let fear dictate what they are willing, or not willing, even to try.