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Note: by including information about resources we are not endorsing or recommending a particular treatment provider, self-help contact or resource. They have simply let us know that they are familiar with or suffer from trichotillomania. Appropriate treatment and advice should always be obtained directly from a qualified and experienced doctor and/or mental health professional. In addition, TLC does not endorse any external sites on the links page or monitor or approve content on these sites. When considering a treatment you should consult your doctor to determine what is safe for you. This list is here to help you access Information that others have made available over the internet.

Online Support Groups | TLC-Moderated Email Groups | Non-TLC Moderated Email Groups | Other Online Resources

Online Support Groups

Online Peer Support Group for BFRB Sufferers in Singapore

An online peer group to discuss strategies and share experiences. The goal of this group is to help hair pullers and skin pickers keep track of their progress. Members can complete an online check-in every Sunday morning and share their previous week's experiences with their BFRBs.

For those who are interested in joining, please request an invitation by asking to join the Google+ community, https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/11810434895127211108, and send an email to Faith at purplenapril@gmail.com with a basic instruction.

Tricotrilomania Mexico

Facebook group to provide information and support for those who have trichotillomania in Mexico: https://www.facebook.com/TricotrilomaniaMexico

Richmond & Charlottesville, VA area

Online support group for BFRB sufferers: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TTMVASupport/info

Male Perspective on Trichotillomania and Skin Picking

This is a group for men to talk about trichotillomania and skin picking: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1436562466651003/?ref=join

TLC-Moderated Email Groups

Parents of Kids with BFRBs

This is an excellent way to stay in touch, ask questions, meet other parents, and receive support for those times that are difficult. When a question comes up that we cannot answer, we will refer the question to the appropriate professional and encourage them to respond, then we will share this with the group. It's a great way to stay in touch with parents and get useful information. And moderated by several people, so no one person has total control.

To join, follow the instructions at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ParentsTrichSupport/info

To join a group specifically for parents of kids with skin picking disorder, click here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TLCParentDermSupport/info

TeenTrichSupport

A safe, non-judgmental email group for teens to share feelings, strategies, and support on the road to recovery from trich. Come meet others who know EXACTLY how you feel! This teen group is moderated by TLC to ensure safety from unwanted spammers and unsavory visitors. This group is explicitly for TEENS who are 13-18 years old. Parents should join the parent group linked above.

To join, follow the instructions at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TeenTrichSupport/info

TeenDermSupport

A safe, non-judgmental email group for teens with dermatillomania / skin picking / exocriation disorder to share feelings, strategies, and support. Come meet others who know EXACTLY how you feel! This teen group is moderated by TLC to ensure safety from unwanted spammers and unsavory visitors.This group is explicitly for TEENS who are 13-18 years old. Parents should join the parent group linked above.

To join, follow the instructions at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/teenderm/info

Trichsters: Kids with Trich

If you are a young person with trich, this list may be just the place for you. This is a list for KIDS WITH TRICH, and if you want to talk to other kids about it, then you have come to the right place! This group is a wonderful place to share with others, learn new strategies for stopping behaviors that you don't like, and a great place to make new friends! This list is moderated by TLC staff. This is to ensure that the list is a wonderful and safe place for kids with TTM to come together and have fun sharing. If you are a young person and would like to join this list, we recommend your parent be a member of ParentsTrichSupport so they can talk to parents while you talk to kids.

To join, follow the instructions at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/trichsters/

Adult Hair Pulling Support

This is a safe and non-judgmental place to share ideas, strategies, difficulties and successes. We encourage you to ask questions and share insights. Trichotillomania is, for most, a disorder of isolation. Recovery is strongly supported by building bridges of communication, both to ourselves and to others. Members of this list are at all levels of experience: some just starting in pulling behavior, others suffering for years, some with years of recovery, and some just beginning the process.

To join, follow the instructions at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TLCTrichSupport/info

Adult Skin Picking Support

This is a safe and non-judgmental place to share ideas, strategies, difficulties and successes. We encourage you to ask questions and share insights. Compulsive skin picking is, for most, a disorder of isolation. Recovery is strongly supported by building bridges of communication, both to ourselves and to others. Members of this list are at all levels of experience: some just starting in picking behavior, others suffering for years, some with years of recovery, and some just beginning the process. Remember the goal is Support, so be gentle with yourself and others.

To join, follow the instructions at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TLCDermSupport/info

Adult Nail Biting / Onychophagia

This is a safe and non-judgmental place to share ideas, strategies, difficulties and successes. We encourage you to ask questions and share insights. Onychophiagia is an under-reporesented, yet very common disorder that also causes isolation and embarrassment. Recovery is strongly supported by building bridges of communication, both to ourselves and to others. Members of this list are at all levels of experience: remember the goal is Support, so be gentle with yourself and others.

To join, follow the instructions at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/tlc-onych/info

 

Non-TLC Moderated Email Groups

Pickaderms

Pickaderms is a community of those who are keen to share support and work at overcoming Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP), sometimes known as dermatillomania.  DSM-5 has finally recognised it as Excoriation (skin picking) disorder. Sufferers from trichotillomania/hair pulling, nailbiting, and similar body focused repetitive behaviors (BRFBs) are welcome too.

The approach we encourage on this list is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) including Habit Reversal, the evidence-based treatment most likely to lead to recovery.

The group goal is for any member to feel that they can post safely and in confidence here so membership is strictly controlled. The group is open to pickers of any part of the body as well as nail and cheek biters, but restricted to pickers over the age of 13. Parents of pickers under this age are also welcome to join.

Group advisor and co-owner with is James Claiborn, Ph.D., ABPP, and group moderator is Louise.

To join, please visit https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Pickaderms/info or send an email to Pickaderms-owner@yahoogroups.com. Please include your status when e.g. picker over 13 to avoid delays.

Skinpickers

This group has been created to replace the former Yahoo Pickers Group:

"It is for individuals with Trichotillomania related behaviors, who don't quite fit the traditional definition of Trich.

All are welcome including scalp and skin pickers, hair twisters and pullers, those facinated by split ends, cuticle pickers, fuzzy bits of hair etc.

This is a safe place to open up and talk about our behaviors and compulsions. Just to let you know that we sometimes go off-topic to make sure that we still have sense of humors. We are people with families and things pop up in our day to day lives that we like to talk about, and that we do!"

 

Other Online Resources

Online Skin Picking Center

Hosted by skinpick.com, an online resource for skin pickers.
http://www.skinpick.com/skin-picking-forum

Skin Picking

http://www.selfinjuriousskinpicking.com/bb/

A Trich World

Announcing TrichWorld.com, a new Trichotillomania Social Network that is a safe, non-judgmental place for all struggling with trichotillomania to find support, share feelings, and learn techniques and strategies to help stop pulling. This group is moderated by Cheryn Salazar to prevent spammers and predators from participating. Come meet others who know exactly what you are going through!

Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton ImageIn 2009 , TLC hosted a screening of the independent film, Pass the Baton. Now, you can view the film online >>
(Parental advisory due to some adult language).

Important Information About Resources

TLC does not endorse any external sites on the links page or monitor or approve content on these sites. When considering a treatment you should consult your doctor to determine what is safe for you. This list is here to help you access Information that others have made available over the internet.

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