Girl Deals With Rare Hair-Pulling Disorder In An Inspiring Way

July 01, 2014: Rebecca Brown spreads awareness about a rare disorder through her brave photo project.

YouTube user Rebecca Brown suffers from a rare disorder known as trichotillomania.

It is described as “the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one's own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress, and social or functional impairment.”

Rebecca made this incredible time-lapse to share her story and struggle with the condition.

She made the video with roughly 2100 photos she took almost every day over the course of six-and-a-half years.

“I end up with bald patches and thinning hair, most of which occurs on my crown and on the sides by my ears. So several million people get confused when from the front, I appear fine,” Rebecca wrote in her video description.

“There are days though, where I struggle to take photos, due to depression, suicidal periods or due to low self esteem caused by my marks and hair loss,” she wrote.

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According to different sources, trichotillomania is an anxiety and/or genetic disorder that may be present in infants, but the onset mostly occurs only after hitting puberty. Unfortunately, it’s a lifelong disorder.

Depression or stress could be possible reasons to trigger the symptoms. People suffering from trichotillomania not only harm their scalp but also pull out hair from other sensitive body parts and areas including eyelashes, eyebrows, legs, arms, hands, nose and the pubic areas.

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Rebecca explains she shaves her hair to prevent her from ripping out more hair.

“At the time of each shave, I am roughly half bald, more so round the sides and back. By shaving the hair that is left, it stops me ripping out more and allows my head to heal from the latest pulling spree. It also gives the hair a chance to start again.”

Rebecca is receiving much praise on her YouTube video, which has helped raise awareness about the rare disorder. You can read the uplifting comments here.

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