Over the past couple of years I've witnessed an increase in clients suffering with Trichotillomania and I'm always deeply moved by their stories and feelings of guilt attached to it. Due to their frustration and guilt they can feel very alone, and mentally exhausted from keeping their condition a secret.
Many have been doing it from a young age, and with most they can be doing it without being aware of what they are doing. I believe we all have our 'quirks' and 'comfort habits', just like biting our nails or smoking etc, and just like Trichotillomania sufferer's we also do these habits without being totally 'aware' we're even doing them.
During a recent conversation with one of my regular Trichotillomania clients we discussed several idea's which may be of benefit, including 'Mindfulness' and also setting up an online support group on my website.
'Mindfulness' is rightfully gaining popularity as a therapeutic technique, with it's aim of achieving a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. When practiced our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. We are literally living in the moment, mindfully.
We have both agreed we would try it out for the next month or so, I will be doing it in for my own 'quirks' and in support of her efforts. We will keep in touch to discuss how things are progressing and I'll be blogging about our progress in the forthcoming weeks.
I have also initiated the first steps in an online support group on this website with authorised free membership to ensure it's a safe place for legitimate Alopecia sufferer's and a troll free zone. There will be different groups assigned to each specific Alopecia Disorder enabling members to engage with others who completely 'Get' each others challenges and feelings. Discussing idea's, treatments and cosmetic solutions. Each member can use a 'nickname' to protect their identity and no profile pictures are required, which adds to the overall safety of the groups.
I'm delighted if you've read this far and if you're interested in becoming a member please click on the 'Members' link and I'll get back to you as soon as I can to authorise your request.
I'll be honoured to share your 'Hairloss' journey with you, and hope we can all support each other through the many challenges of Hairloss.
Namaste x Jay