Trichotillomania: Cara’s story


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Trichotillomania: Cara’s story

Season 5 Episode 4

When Cara moved from a happy primary school to a large, intimidating high school her mental well-being plummeted. Her height and long red hair made her stand out and the attention caused her eczema to flare. Struggling to cope, Cara turned to hair pulling, a coping mechanism that offered temporary relief but created its own problems. In this week’s Backstory we hear about how one thing can lead to another, how conditions can take hold before you realise they’re a problem and how writing helped Cara to find the confidence to stop this compulsive behaviour.

Find out more about Cara here.

Cara’s book ‘Every Trich in the Book’ is available here.

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Information from OCD UK about trichotillomania can be found here.


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