Noelani Jai joins the Rally for Episode 26, detailing a decades-long struggle with Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder). 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.
Mentioned in Episode 26:
The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
Video: “Straight from the Heart: A message about living with Trichotillomania”
Doogie Howser, MD
The Hair Pulling “Habit” and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle by Ruth Goldfinger Golomb and Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek
A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania by Suzanne Mouton-Odum and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and Insomnia.