Tips for parents:
Try to educate yourself on Trichotillomania- I’d suggest joining an online support group where you can talk to other sufferers.
Try to remember that for the large part this is your child’s battle not yours. You can’t fight this for them or force them to get treatment, you can only provide support.
Try to give advice at suitable times, not in a nagging manner, but to show they aren’t alone with this.
Try not to give useless advice such as ‘just stop’ or ‘it’s just a matter of willpower, just try not to’. It is not helpful and is, most of the time, not possible. It will simply show a lack of compassion and understanding when it comes to their struggle.
Try not to become fixated on the hair or hair loss- your child is not their hair and nor does their hair belong to you.
Most importantly try not to pressure your child into not pulling, don’t make them feel bad or guilty for pulling. They will feel they have disappointed you and it will encourage them to lie about how much they have pulled. It could seriously affect their self-esteem and will likely have the opposite effect, causing them to pull more due to increased anxiety.