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Bridget Leahy's Fundraiser:

Wigs for TTM sufferers

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BENEFITING: Wigs for Kids, Inc.

Bridget Leahy

THE STORY:

Trichotillomania (TTM, also known as trichotillosis, or more commonly as trich) is defined as "hair loss from a patient's repetitive self-pulling of hair" and is characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, facial hair, nose hair, pubic hair, eyebrows or other body hair, sometimes resulting in noticeable bald patches. Trichotillomania is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as an impulse control disorder, but there are questions about how it should be classified. It may seem, at times, to resemble a habit, an addiction, a tic disorder or an obsessive–compulsive disorder. (From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichotillomania)

Not many people know about this disorder, because it is severely under-reported!

I was diagnosed with trichotillomania in early 2010, after the stresses of my first semester at college caused me to pull out my hair much more frequently than I had been. After talking to a therapist, I realized I had been pulling for years, though rather unconsciously. Luckily, it never got to the point where I had huge self-esteem issues as a result of my hair, nor did I need a wig. However, I DID need to invest in a few hats, as my hair is still growing in. I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Many people with this disorder have huge bald spots, and have to shave their head or invest in a few hats in order to feel semi-comfortable with their looks/hair. This is because wigs can range anywhere from $50-$1000+! That's why I started this project, because everyone should feel comfortable with their body. My goal is to raise money to either donate to Wigs for Kids, or donate wigs to trichotillomania support centers and charities around the world!

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