Today in my health class we had a guest speaker come talk to us about mental health. He mostly talked about relieving stress and anxiety, but he also talked a bit about common mental disorders. I’ve also taken a few psychology classes in my time. Never, ever, have I learned about, or even heard about, Impulse Control Disorders. It’s like they don’t even exist. I suffered with trich for several years before learning a name for it, before learning I wasn’t alone, that I’m not a complete and total freak.
Why is this? Why is there such a lack of awareness? There are almost no studies on trichotillomania, as far as I know. Sure, there have been a couple of documentaries, but how are we supposed to improve people’s quality of life if we know nothing about what they are suffering from?
The only people that can change this are people who know about it, namely, people suffering from Impulse Control Disorders and those around them, watching them suffer. Maybe some day more will be known and these disorders will be taught in psychology classes, next to their close relative, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.