“My hair is scattered across my keyboard, desktop, and floor; yet, I need to find a way to continue my typing. I know what this means. This is not a hallucination. This is not a dream. This is not a random actuality. This is something called Trichotillomania.
More strands of hair fall than remain attached. Boredom. A dime-sized region of baldness becomes the diameter of a grapefruit. Fear. Relapse becomes the norm. Disappointment. A classmate finds out and questions a solitary hair spike. Humiliation.
I did not mean to pull out my hair, but I did. I do not know what I was thinking or feeling at the time, but I pulled anyway. I wish I could announce that it was an isolated incident, but it continued….”
LIFE IS TRICHY is the true story of a 29-year-old lifelong perfectionist, who struggled with the mental health disorders of skin picking, nail biting, and hair pulling. Starting from a young age, these behaviors resulted in years spent hiding these body-focused repetitive behaviors from everyone she knew, while simultaneously pursuing a professional career in psychology – so that one day she could help others with the same exact challenges. She tactfully weaves the actions, feelings, and thoughts from years of sitting in the patient’s seat, with her professional, psychological knowledge in the clinician’s seat.
Author Lindsey Marie Muller’s personal struggle mixes with factual information to elucidate the tricky and unspoken truth about a classification of disorders affecting five percent of the population. Life is Trichy is appropriate for clinicians, patients, family and friends of hair pullers, and curious minds.
Lindsey holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, in addition to three years of doctoral level education. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she enjoys the perfect weather, exercising, healthy cooking, sugar-free baking, spas, and meditation. She currently works in private practice.Life is Trichy is her first publication.
Life is Trichy is available in paperback and Kindle format and on sale at www.lifeistrichy.com. A portion of each book sale will be donated to BFRB research.