Help Parents Understand a Teenager Living with Trichotillomania
How can I help?
It is a really great thing to ask so that a person knows that you care and everyone needs help in different ways. Sometimes, just having someone to share feelings greatly helps people dealing with trichotillomania.
Lots of people have been successful in managing trichotillomania so don’t lose hope
People suffering from trichotillomania may feel like they have tried a lot but there is no way to stop this habit and it will continue forever. If you remind them of success stories and how people successfully stop compulsive hair pulling will certainly help.
You are not alone
You can relax people with trichotillomania that more people are having this order than they might think. They will find it comforting and relaxing that they are not alone fighting with this behavioral disorder.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Habit reversal training can help
This is a very useful suggestion because many people suffering from trichotillomania are not aware of these options as a treatment. You can help them by suggesting these treatments to manage hair pulling disorder.
Everyone likes to get compliments and admiring people with trichotillomania will help them feel good. You can look for some feature other than hair that you can compliment. For instance “your eyes are so beautiful”. Or you can praise the personality like “I love how genuine you are”. These are just simple acts and don’t require a lot of effort on your ends and you will see how your simple words can positively affect the lives of people with trichotillomania.
You can ask them to explain “how they feel about this condition?”
You would be a great listener if you ask someone with trichotillomania to tell about their feelings and experience. People with hair pulling disorder may find this therapeutic and soothing. If you meet them with sympathy and understanding, it normalizes the condition and as a result, reduces the shame and embarrassment.
If you are living with someone dealing with trichotillomania, you need to be careful about what to say and what to avoid saying to such people so that your words don’t make further complications and have a positive impact on their condition.