“trichotillomania has nothing to do with intelligence or upbringing. You did not ask for it, and you didn’t cause it. It’s not your fault! For a good deal of time you have had it, you may not even have known what it was, or that it had a name. Having trichotillomania doesn’t mean that you are crazy, defective, or some kind of freak of nature. It does not represent some kind of weakness or failure of moral strength. it doesn’t happen to people who are somehow weaker than others or who are less deserving of decent lives.
you are more than the sum total of the numbers of hairs on your body. if others in your society choose to judge you in that way, that is because of their ignorance and insensitivity, and is in no way a reflection upon you.
No matter what, you can never be regarded as a defective human being merely because you pull your hair. ”
I read a book called ‘The hair pulling problem’ by Fred Penzel and this really stood out for me as a lot of my family still after almost 9 years don’t understand my condition, now some of that is due too them choosing to stay away after they found out and part of that is due to their own ignorance but I’m fed up of them thinking I had some choice is what happened, epically when they say I did it for “attention”.
I have to read this when I’m having a bad spell to remind my self not to judge my progress on other peoples thoughts and opinions.