Becca is a vlogger who covers her life with trichotillomania on her YouTube channel, TrichJournal. She recently made a video discussing 6 useful tips that will help you have a good time at the conference, and even make a few friends in the process
1. Being Nervous is Normal Doing anything for the first time can make you anxious. And that's fine because there are lots of things to take care of: settle down in your hotel room if you're from out of town, find the venue, and finally register. If it all makes you feel nervous, look at people around you. Seeing that everybody is going through the same experience will help you relax.
2. Respect Others' Privacy Each person has a different attitude toward their condition. Some are more outgoing about it than others so, if you want to take photos with other people, ask them for permission first.
3. Make Friends! Trich affects 2 to 3 percent of the population. For that reason, people with trich or skin picking sometimes feel isolated and alone, ashamed and hiding their condition. At a conference, you will be surrounded by people who understand what living with BFRB feels like. So use this opportunity to open up - listen, learn, socialize, and make new friends.
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? This infographic concisely explains Dermatillomania.
Dermatillomania’s name explains the condition, which is compulsive picking of the skin despite causing physical damage. People who pick at their skin experience skin damage as well as psychological and emotional distress. What makes the condition a disorder is the amount of time someone spends doing it, usually impairing their ability to go to school, work, or socialize. Additionally, people with skin picking disorder devote much time and expense, covering up the damage.
While not very common, skin picking disorder affects 1-6% of the population and usually begins in early adolescence. Although it lasts a lifetime, picking behaviors are often episodic and correlate with stress, anxiety, or depression. However, every person is different, which is why thorough assessment by a qualified professional helps determine the best course of treatment. Therapeutic interventions include cognitive-behavioral therapies like habit reversal training and acceptance and commitment therapy. Successful recovery is possible and usually consists of a healthy lifestyle, therapy, and social support.