Often shortened to just “trich”, trichotillomania or hair pulling is an overwhelming feeling that someone has to pull out hair. While usually this involves the hair on their head, eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair can sometimes be the focus, too.
Sometimes, it is seen as a kind of addiction. The more hair you pull out, the more you want to keep doing it. People affected, however, don’t enjoy the effects of their activities – such as bald patches and a poor sense of body image.
Searching for solutions to hair pulling
Some people try therapies in which they are encouraged to choose an alternative over hair pulling in times of stress or anxiety. However, nothing, in my experience, is as fast or effective as hypnotherapy.
It can help to address the underlying cause of the issue and often uncover why you started pulling in the first place.
It can help a very awkward, often highly stressful habit to become a thing of the past. It can help people to feel in more control of their life.
How Hypnotherapy for hair pulling can help
You pull hair unconsciously – it happens automatically. Hypnotherapy helps you to deal with the emotional triggers behind this.
Your triggers are likely to be stress-related. Perhaps you engage in hair pulling when anxious about something specific, or in the presence of a certain person. During hypnotherapy, we are able to develop alternative reactions to these things and break the cycle that has governed your life so far.
Hypnosis gives you alternative self-soothing strategies and the tools you need to face the future with new hope, giving the scalp time to recover and a new life to begin.