International No Pulling Week

Raising awareness of Trichotillomania (TTM)
Monday 23rd September – Sunday 29th September 2013

Did you know that over 100 million women worldwide feel the urge to pull their hair out?

A shocking three percent of the world’s population will suffer from Trichotillomania (TTM) at some point in their lives but the vast majority of us have never heard of it.

TTM Factbox

  • 110 million people suffer from TTM worldwide
  • 840,000 women in UK suffer from TTM
  • Less than 10% of women seek treatment
  • It is more common in females
  • 50% report pulling is worse when under stress

So why do so many feel the need to pull out their hair?

The majority of TTM sufferers pull to serve as a coping mechanism for anxiety and other difficult emotions, and it is often done sub-consciously. What starts as a small habit can escalate dramatically and can sometimes result in complete loss of hair.

It is not just hair pulling from the head that can affect sufferers. TTM, a control impulse disorder, can affect individuals in many different ways. This includes eyelash pulling, skin picking and nail biting, all these can escalate much like hair pulling to have devastating effects. Sufferers not only have to bear the physical consequences of pulling but also with the emotional side too and this often results in crippling low self esteem.

If you suffer from TTM and need help now then please visit or send us an enquiry via the contact form on this site. Other resources can also be found in the sidebar of that page.