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Amy Schumer Reveals Her Lifelong Struggle With Trichotillomania

Honesty from celebrities is always refreshing. For example, who doesn’t love all an unfiltered or un-photoshopped selfie that reveals your favorite model has wrinkles or acne?

Comedian, actor, director, and writer Amy Schumer has always been known for her candor. For example, she shares painful stories, bodily scars, details of her husband’s Asperger’s diagnosis, and more with her fans.

Her latest reveal is that she has struggled with trichotillomania since she was a young teen. In her own words, it is a “secret” about which she has been carrying “so much shame about.”

What is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is better known as a hair-pulling disorder. As FoxNews reported, it “is a condition marked by repetitive hair pulling that is classified as part of a group of body-focused repetitive behaviors.” Hair pulling can be from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or anywhere else hair grows on the body.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people with trichotillomania have irresistible urges to pull their hair that are related to complex feelings. For some, hair-pulling provides positive emotions like pleasure or relief. For others, hair pulling is a way of dealing with negative emotions like anxiety, stress, loneliness, boredom, or frustration.

Who Experiences Trichotillomania?

The hair-pulling disorder occurs in approximately 1.7% of the population and, when it usually starts in late childhood, affects boys and girls fairly equally. However, in adulthood, people who experience trichotillomania are between 80 and 90 percent women. Research shows that the disorder might originate from both psychological and biological factors.

What Are the Effects of Trichotillomania?

Pulling hair from the scalp often results in patchy areas of hair loss. For many people, this creates deeper problems of shame and embarrassment. These feelings can exacerbate social anxiety and depression. People try to hide their hair-pulling, which can plunge them into isolation and increase their hair-pulling. It is a difficult cycle to break.

Schumer Shares Her Trichotillomania Fears

Schumer shared with the public that she developed trichotillomania as a young teen. It was around the time that she was facing challenges that included her dad declaring bankruptcy, her mother leaving him to be with her best friend’s father, and her dad’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She worries that she passed on the genetic component of trichotillomania to her son.

Schumer told news media outlets that in high school, she wore a wig at times to hide the damage her hair-pulling caused. She depicts some of her struggles with trichotillomania in her new series “Life and Beth.” Schumer says it is something she continues to struggle with and felt it was time to shed light on this disorder. She stated, “I thought putting it in [the Hulu series] would be good for me to alleviate some of my shame and maybe, hopefully, help others alleviate some of theirs, too.”

Call Riviera Hair Replacement if You Struggle With Trichotillomania

People struggling with trichotillomania can benefit from various treatments and therapies. In the meantime, wearing a wig or hair integration piece can help you get past some of the shame and insecurity you might feel.

Finding the right hair replacement, even if temporarily, can help you break the cycle of hair-pulling.

Call Riviera Hair Replacement today at 516-364-0110 to schedule your free consultation.