Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Website Offers Help to People Who Suffer from Condition of Pulling out Own Hair

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Website Offers Help to People Who Suffer from Condition of Pulling out Own Hair

Article excerpt

Pulling out own hair? You're not alone

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WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg woman has launched a website that hopes to offer help to thousands of people who have a little-known condition called Trichotillomania.

Tenesha Lawson says the mental health condition causes people to pull hair out of their bodies.

Lawson has lived with the condition since she was 11 years old.

She didn't know what it was until she was diagnosed four years ago, adding her parents just thought it was "an icky habit."

Psychologist Toby Rutner says it's considered a former of obsessive compulsive behaviour and can be triggered by stress.

He says the sufferer ends up pulling hair from their eyebrows, eyelashes or other parts of their body.

"The night before my wedding, I pulled so much hair out," says Maria Funk, who also lives with Trichotillomania. …

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