From the time I was about 13 until I was 21 I yanked out chunks of my hair. At the time I didn’t know why, and I couldn’t seem to stop. My brother received a teen magazine. In one issue, the girl on the front cover opened up about her struggle with yanking out her hair. Suddenly, I realized I wasn’t alone. By sharing my story and Kala’s below, I pray that you realize you are are not alone or isolated in the depth of your struggles.
My self harm ended when I met Jesus. What a relief it was to know that he loved me, just as I was.
Have you ever heard of trichotillomania or hair pulling disorder? While it isn’t a rare mental illness (apparently over 1% of Americans live with this disorder), most people aren’t aware of it or other body-focused repetitive behaviours. (BFRBs) According to the Canadian BRGB Support Network, trichotillomania is “the compulsive urge to pull out hair from […]