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Why We Don't Talk About Trichotillomania

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Imagine explaining to your friends that you have a compulsive BFRB (body focused repetitive behavior) called trichotillomania that causes you to pull out hair from random areas of your body.

You don’t know why you pluck out your eyelashes and eyebrows instead of the hair on your head, or vice versa. You don’t know why it feels soothing, even good, to pull hair from some places, and painful if you pull from others.

None of it makes any sense to you, so you don’t know how to describe it to people around you either. It’s hard enough to reveal your secret, carefully camouflaged for years with meticulous makeup or specific hairstyles.

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