A silent epidemic sweeping Australia is causing women to repetitively pull hair from their scalps, eyebrows and eyelashes – but you more than likely haven’t heard of it. They are fighting a losing battle against the irresistible urge otherwise known as trichotillomania, an obsessive compulsive disorder that causes crippling emotional distress, leaves confronting bald patches across the head and face and is directly linked to anxiety and depression. Trichotillomania – also known as trich – almost always begins in late childhood, between the ages of 10 and 13, and typically lasts for life. The cause remains unclear, and there is no known cure. At its most extreme, trich is so debilitating it prevents women from working, socialising and maintaining romantic relationships, leaving them housebound to do little else but tear strand after strand of hair for hours each day. Three women of varied ages and social backgrounds have shared their experiences with the little understood disorder, and despite growing up in different decades and different places, all described a remarkably similar struggle with shame, embarrassment, addiction and self-loathing. Irish-born Daily Mail Australia reporter Alice Murphy (left) and New South Wales student Annie Foth (right) were both 12 years old when they… Read full this story
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