International No Pulling Week
1st-7th October

TTM Factbox

  • 110 million people suffer from TTM worldwide
  • 840,000 women in UK suffer from TTM
  • Less than 10% of women seek treatment
  • 80% of sufferers pull hair from their head, 47% from eyelashes, 44% from eyebrows, and 24% pull from other places
  • 50% report pulling is worse when under stress

Raising awareness of Trichotillomania (TTM)

A shocking 3% 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.

International No Pulling Week is aimed at educating people about TTM to help alleviate the suffering women go through in isolation and highlight the effects this secret syndrome can have on millions of women around the world.

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. It is not just hair pulling from the head that can affect sufferers - it can take many forms including eyelash pulling, skin picking and nail biting.

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. TTM is rarely discussed, despite the fact it is more common than bulimia. That may be one of the reasons that only 10% of women seek treatment for it.

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