Recently, on the podcast Psych Rally, CBT SoCal’s Dr. Martin Hsia had a conversation with, Noelani Jai, detailing a decades-long struggle with Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder). These episodes can be downloaded and listened to on iTunes or online with the following link:
Beyond the difficulty of stopping this debilitating habit, Noelani discusses at length her personal journey of secrecy and shame on the way to being an outspoken voice for the BFRB (Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior) community. Resources related to Trichotillomania have advanced greatly over the past few decades, but misinformation and lack of awareness are still prevalent. Tune in to hear about some existing resources, including the long standing H.E.A.R.T. support group that Noelani organizes for youth and families.