eBook Release, Trichotillomania and Sandy Rosenblatt
Statistics show that 1 in 50 Americans have trichotillomania. However, the real number of those with trich may be much higher. Many people are too embarrassed or ashamed to admit they pull their hair, and go to great lengths to hide their behavior from family, friends, and medical professionals.
Those of us with trich can often feel broken and alone. We want to tell people we’re hurting, but we’re afraid of what they’ll say. We’re afraid they’ll reject us. We’re afraid because in a way, we reject ourselves.
We suffer for years because we’re scared to share that we pull out our hair. We spend countless hours trying to hide or cover where we’ve pulled from. We desperately hope no one will notice, and want to avoid a negative reaction at the very same time as judging ourselves for it. This impacts both our mental and spiritual health, as well as our relationships with others. Worst of all, it destroys our faith in ourselves.
I created this book because there simply isn’t anything like it. Very few books chronicle people’s personal experiences with trich (not psychological analyses). And while there are many blogs, Facebook and Twitter pages dedicated to the subjective experience of having trich, there’s no one place one can go to read a collection of stories all in one place.
This type of vulnerability can be daunting to reveal, because we never know how someone will react to our truth. However, when we are unable to speak our truth and keep it locked away, we also hold on to the shame. This shame (not the pulling itself) is what cuts us off from how we really want to show up in the world.
I created this book to show others that in sharing our stories, we can feel proud and confident. There is power in sharing our journey. Whether we still pull out our hair or we’ve stopped, we can tell our stories and show ourselves self-love in the process. We can honor our truth and own our true selves. We can find beauty in who we are.
I also wanted to create a place in which we are safe to share our stories, all together. There is healing not only for those of us open about having trich, but for others, who will finally be able to admit that they, too, have been there, have felt what we have felt. I wanted them to reclaim this dignity, and to be able to do so from the privacy of their own home. I wanted to create a vehicle for us to feel connected to one other, as well as educate those unfamiliar with what it is actually like to live with trichotillomania.
This book was a collaborative effort. Within one week of me deciding to go ahead with the project, I found 14 others who were willing to openly and authentically contribute their personal stories. For some, this is the first time they’ve opened up. They’ve never before disclosed that they have trich, and I am honored that they chose to do so within the confines of this book.
We contributors are both women and men. We hail from five different countries. We range in age from 18 to mid-60s. We are teachers, students, non-profit professionals, medical professionals, and executive directors. Some of us are married with children while others are single. We are mothers, fathers and someone’s child. Some of us are well-known trich advocates, and some of us have never spoken publicly about having the disorder. Some of us still pull our hair from different areas of our bodies, and some of us have stopped. We are as diverse as you.
And no matter who we are, we’re here to remind you that you are never really alone.
Sandy Rosenblatt has been living with trichotillomania since the age of 7.
She is a writer, blogger and speaker who is passionate about eradicating shame around trich as well as other body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Sandy has been featured in Huffington Post, Huffington Post Live, AOL News, US World News and Report, NY Daily News, YourTango, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Inforum. She has also had the honor of speaking on The Success Panel at the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s 2013 Annual Conference.
Sandy is a stand for those living with trich to lead the extraordinary lives that they desire to lead as well as educating those that are unfamiliar with the disorder.
Sandy sees her life as a journey. She enjoys her family, friends, nature, exercise, living life authentically and is a lover of animals. She cannot resist a good pun. Sandy enjoys spending time with her niece & nephew as well as her cats. She believes that everyone has a gift and loves that she can make a difference in people’s lives.
Find out more at http://myopportunityis.com/trichotillomania-hair-pulling and tweet her at @sandybeach28.