Trichotillomania - Stop Compulsive Hair Pulling with Fast Track Hypnosis
People with Trichotillomania may feel embarrassment, frustration or shame about their condition.
They may worry about what others will think of them and they usually try to hide their behaviour from other people. There are many theories as to why people would do this. In my opinion it is because they are feeding off their endorphins. Whenever a person pulls out their hair, after the initial sting the body then produces chemicals called opioids, or endorphins, to reduce or block the spread of pain messages from the body through the brain. These chemicals produce an effect similar to the action of some pain relief drugs, such as heroin, morphine, anaesthetics, etc. All these are capable of numbing pain but are also able to produce pleasurable sensations when used.
Opioids also play a role in feelings of pleasure and reward, and in responses to stressful situations, and may even be involved in the "runner's high" felt during strenuous exercise. Any relief that comes with hair pulling usually only lasts for a moment or two, and the person feels powerless to control the urge to pull, and starts the cycle once again.
It's for this very reason I feel that the hair puller is using it as a type of pleasure sensation, just like a drug addict. Whenever I quiz them about why and when they do it, most say it's usually under times of stress. Some say that they notice a satisfying feeling when they pull their hair out, plus it has now become a habit and the urge always returns, and they feel they simply can't stop it.
My method to correct this is quite simple. First, since the mind is now " hooked " on it's endorphin rush, I recommend to the client to wear a rubber band on their wrist and each time that they feel the urge to pull a hair out, snap the rubber band against their wrist.
This helps in 2 ways;
1. If you think of the mind like a computer and it starts this action, just like a programme, the best way to stop it completing is to put a bug in it. By snapping the band it brings into play a new action that the mind hasn't done before, which in turns weakens the memory pattern.
2. By snapping the rubber band it also satisfies the mind by introducing the endorphins, but now in a different way, and it is still getting its "fix".
By combining this advice with my Fast Track hypnosis to help remove the habit and instil confidence once again into the client the results are very good. It normally takes approx. 4 sessions to achieve this (it takes time for the hair to grow) as well as support and practical advice about how to reverse this powerful habit.
Fees £85.00 or €85.00 per session.
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