N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and Trichotillomania

by Abby Leora Rohrer

Because of National Trichotillomania Awareness Week, there’s been a lot of repetitive news about N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and trichotillomania. While it is my hope that NAC will help hair pullers deal with the “addiction” part of hair pulling, it is unlikely to offer long-term resolution because it doesn’t address the core reason hair pullers begin to pull. It will be interesting to watch what develops with NAC over time regarding long-term relief from compulsive hair pulling.

I don’t view Trichotillomania as a “disease” or an “illness”. In large part this is why I’ve been free of trich for over fifteen years after compulsive hair pulling for 27 years. It’s also why I’ve been able to help many others to move beyond their hair pulling.

My own experience of healing and my work and communication with thousands of long-term hair pulling adults and parents of hair pulling children has only confirmed and reinforced my position that Trichotillomania is the result of layers of harmful behaviors and beliefs.

Trichotillomania is formed by a perception of abandonment fused with an unconscious mindset that “my power is the cause of my abandonment. If I ‘bleed off’ my power through hair pulling, I will be more acceptable to others.” Resolving it can be so complex because hair pullers have developed layers of addiction as a result of this perspective.

Over time, bleeding off your power disconnects you from your authentic self and causes tremendous inner pain that hair pullers then attempt to numb through even more hair-pulling. This causes the Trichotillomania cycle to become even more entrenched.

If N-acetylcysteine (NAC) proves helpful to hair pullers for the long-term, it will only assist with your hair pulling urge.  Since NAC cannot relieve your underlying pain, or the impact on this pain on your life and your future, so you may wish to try it along with actually working to heal yourself. To fully learn how to resolve your Trichotillomania, reclaim your power and your life, review comprehensive programs and mentoring for resolving Trichotillomania at www.pullfreeatlast.com.

Copyright 2009, Abby Leora Rohrer and Facilitated Recovery, LLC.

Abby Leora Rohrer is an expert at self-healing Trichotillomania and teaching others to do the same. She is founder of TrichotillomaniaFree™ Women’s University, author of four books on Trichotillomania, contributing author to the upcoming book, Stepping Stones to Success book with Deepak Chopra, and the developer the Self-Rescue 101 and Pull-Free, At Last! self-healing systems. To learn more, please visit www.pullfreeatlast.com.