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About Hair Pulling, Skin Picking & Related Behaviors

What are Trichotillomania & Skin Picking?

Most humans pull, pluck, and pick at their hair, skin and nails in small amounts. But when these behaviors become excessive, they are considered disorders and can cause a lot of suffering. Though not well known, these disorders affect millions of people of all ages. The good news is: treatment and support are available.

Articles by People Living and Coping with these Disorders

Whatever emotions and frustrations you are feeling in coping with hair pulling or skin picking: you are not alone. TLC members of all different backgrounds share their experiences and how they have found success and recovery.
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Frequently Asked Questions

To help you get informed quickly and easily, the TLC Staff have compiled our answers to the most common concerns we hear each day. If you don't find what you need on our website, please contact us.

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Resources for Consumers and Professionals

Parent Guide to Hair Pulling--Books and DVDs
--Fiddles and Manipulatives
--Spinner Rings
--Bulk Brochures
and more

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Bad Hair Life

A documentary film by Jennifer Raikes

Bad Hair Life

Winner of the 2003 International Health & Medical Media Award
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