Available on kindle, and as a paperback, Doesn’t it Hurt? Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers shares the personal stories, struggles and tribulations of 15 men and women from from 5 different countries and range in ages from 18-65.
Edited by blogger and BFRB activist Sandy Rosenblatt, Doesn’t it Hurt? is inspiring, heartfelt and will resonate with those of us who know what it’s like to live with picking and pulling. Even though the authors of each essay use their first name only, many are people you may already know, via facebook groups and TLC events.
We asked Sandy to share some of her favorite excerpts from the book. Here’s what she sent us:
Those of us with trich can often feel broken and alone. We want to tell people we’re hurting, but we’re afraid of what they’ll say. We’re afraid they’ll reject us. We’re afraid because in a way, we reject ourselves. – Sandy
The fact we wake up in the morning is already a win. In the grand scheme of things we were always on the outside looking in. That used to bother me to no end. Then I just decided to enjoy the outside. – Billy
So what have I learned? I’ve learned that it’s possible to live with trichotillomania, and that although there will be days I will cry, that it doesn’t define me.- Hope
I wanted to share my story because I know what it was like to go through feeling alone, freakish and all-around horrible about my hair pulling. I hope that by talking about my experience I can show that trich doesn’t have to be a barrier to fulfillment. – Jarrah
I believe my success comes from taking trich along in my journey through life. – Sebastian
It is still very hard for me to share my pulling with others, but I handle inquires better than I used to. I’ve learned just because someone asks me a question doesn’t mean I have to answer. – Kensington Rose
It’s time to talk about trich. The power of several voices is what will help break the stigma. – Sarah
Nobody is perfect and you are not the only person in the world. Relax. Nothing and nobody will sink because you made a mistake or pulled out your hair. -Jose
At the end of the day, it’s just a thing. We’ve all got one. -Diana
You can read a longer excerpt and order the book for kindle or in a paperback edition. Just visit amazon.com >>
Proceeds from both books will be donated to TLC and the Canadian BFRB Support Network.
Have you read Doesn’t it Hurt? yet? We’d love to hear what you think! Let us know in the comments….