Remember how last year I posted a video, telling you all about the secret I had kept for decades?

I went public about having Trichotillomania and I have no regrets.  Well, maybe I regret how I didn't fix my collar before recording.  I look a bit disheveled but the reason is I was afraid I might lose my nerve!  I rushed to sit down and just started talking while the camera was rolling and while I was feeling brave.

Anyway, I'm revisiting the topic because you may be a hair puller, skin picker or nail-biter and you may need a little nudge to get some help or support.  There's plenty available and I'd like to suggest a good place to start is The TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs.)

This is BFRB Awareness Week so I encourage you to do some reading.  If you yourself do these behaviors or you know someone else who does, you can find articles online that can help.  There are counselors in the area and online who are trained in how to treat BFRBs.

If you work in the beauty industry, I'd love for you to learn about these conditions and I'm happy to send you a brochure.  Do you know there are people who haven't gotten a haircut in years?  They're afraid stylists are going to make fun of their bald spots.  I once got shamed by an esthetician who kept asking "Why did you do this to your eyebrows?"  Those of you in the beauty industry are in a position to help.  It would be great if you'd educate yourselves and learn how best to talk to clients with BFRBs.  (Kudos to those of you who are already compassionately treating your clients with Trich.)  If you'd like to e-mail me your address I can send you some information.

For more information about these conditions, please click here.