Raising awareness of Trichotillomania (TTM)

A shocking 3% of the world’s population will suffer from TTM
at some point in their lives but the vast majority of us have never heard of it.


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

110 million people suffer from TTM worldwide


Less that 10% of women seek treatment, and of those that do…

80% pull from their head
47% pull from their eyelashes
44% pull from their eyebrows
24% pull from other places

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.

Do you suffer from TTM?

If you do and need help now, then please get in touch.

A problem shared is a problem halved


Lucinda Ellery

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Too many women are suffering in silence and I hope that through educating people about TTM during International No Pulling Week, we'll be able to help many more women become 'pull-free' and in control, so they no longer have to deal with TTM in secret.
Lucinda ElleryFounder
Around 840,000 women in the UK alone suffer from TTM. It isn't clear what causes the condition but it can get a lot worse when sufferers are under stress. Lucinda and I are in discussions of planning a research program as a treatment for TTM. We hope 'No-Pulling' Week will help raise awareness about the condition and encourage women to seek help, as less than 10% do. Lucinda has already managed to help thousands of women worldwide through her consultancy.
TTM affects up to 1 in 25 people at some point in their lives and Lucinda Ellery's work is invaluable. I fully support International No-Pulling Week, working towards improving the physical and emotional health of the 100 million women battling with TTM throughout the world. Typically a UK GP will have one TTM sufferer out of 1,000 patients yet awareness is incredibly low. We need to encourage people to talk more about impulse control disorders and bring TTM into the open.
Dr Sarah BrewerGP
No-Pulling Week gives us a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of TTM, a condition which thousands of women grapple with every day. I highly commend Lucinda's unrelenting dedication to helping women with TTM along with her pioneering hair loss solutions, which together give women the hope, support and tools they need to battle TTM.
Lucinda provides exemplary work in helping women manage their hair loss. There is no cure for TTM and women can suffer their entire life with the condition. International No-Pulling Week is helping to raise awareness surrounding the surprising prevalence of TTM. It encourages women to lift the veil on the secrecy and shame they may feel and instead seek help in the abundance of support and advice available. As a result of my own experience, I have tremendous drive to change how the world both perceives and deals with trichotillomania.

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