Through Shame to Success: Raising Awareness for BFRBS – Nerve Magazine

My university’s student-run magazine, Nerve, published my first feature article in the first issue of the 19/20 academic year, and I could not have been more proud of it.

Using interviews with wonderful and successful women from across the Atlantic and closer to home, I was able to raise awareness for Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders, something that is very close to my heart, and I received many comments from readers about how they learned more about themselves, as well as about this group of disorders!

Read the full article here, it’s on page 23: https://nervemedia.org.uk/nerve/hustlers-a-review-by-jess-allen/

A Letter to My Trichotillomania // BFRB Awareness Week 2018

Dear you,Continue reading “A Letter to My Trichotillomania // BFRB Awareness Week 2018”

Do I Really Want Out of My Disorder?

A few years ago, I filled out by birth date details into a “numerology calculator” that would, supposedly, tell me all about my personality and the state of my life from these, actually pointless, numbers.Continue reading “Do I Really Want Out of My Disorder?”

My Doctor Had to Google My Disorder (or ‘Why Having Trichotillomania Sucks’)

As I sit in the general practitioner’s room, I scratch at the frayed material of the seat beneath me and hear my heartbeat in my ears as I wait to finally, finally be fixed.Continue reading “My Doctor Had to Google My Disorder (or ‘Why Having Trichotillomania Sucks’)”

Spring + Summer Favourites 2017

Hello hello hello…. I’m back (again) after a little escape (again) from the blogging world (again). Let’s just say things have been… busy. V V busy, in fact.

But now, hopefully things are going to calm down a bit, and I can get back into the thing I always want to spend my time on: blogging!Continue reading “Spring + Summer Favourites 2017”

The 5 Unexpected Benefits of Having Trichotillomania // A Beginner’s Guide to a Trichy Life

For about the past decade, I’ve suffered with a disorder called Trichotillomania. Here’s the NHS definition if you want to know more about it, and here and here are my past posts about the subject, if you want to know more from the horse’s mouth (or mine. whichever).

I’m not going to spend time explaining the whole thing again, so if you don’t already know, then do some learnin’, then come back to me. If you have any questions about Trich, mental health, or just want to chat, send me a comment.

Until then, here are the Five Unexpected Benefits of Having Trichotillomania…

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Hello 2017! // 2017 Goals

Following yesterday’s post all about the resolutions I set at the end of 2015 for the year ahead of me, and how I succeeded in those, I would like to start the new year off in exactly the same way as everyone else: with some resolutions.Continue reading “Hello 2017! // 2017 Goals”

A Beginner’s Guide to a Trichy Life: Self Harm?

Hey, hi, hello there. Without waffling too much like always, here’s a blog post about why Trichotillomania isn’t self harm. You’re welcome.

If you’ve read my posts before, hopefully you’ll be aware (and if you weren’t aware then um… surprise) that I suffer with a disorder called Trichotillomania. This is an Impulse Control Disorder (or ‘ICD’ (not to be confused with the ‘International Classification of Disorders and Diseases’ which is a big ass book about all sorts of stuff)) that causes the sufferer to have the uncontrollable urge to pull out their own hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. Man, that was a mouthful.Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to a Trichy Life: Self Harm?”

The Beginner’s Guide to a Trichy Life: Common Questions

In reference to my previous post in this (shall I call it a series? Probably not popular enough to be called that but hey ho) series; “Introductions” (click for a link), I have decided to compile a list of all the awkward, embarrassing, sometimes downright offensive, and normal questions that people who suffer with Trich (Trichotillomania) receive.Continue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to a Trichy Life: Common Questions”

A Beginner’s Guide to a Trichy Life: Introductions

Am currently sat, wondering how on earth to start this blog post. I know what I want it to be about, and roughly what I should mention… but how to start?

How do I introduce to, possibly total strangers, what I struggle with on a daily basis? How do I accurately explain to those reading (admittedly, not many), something that I feel defines me so? Where do I even begin?

Maybe from the beginning? Might be an idea?

Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to a Trichy Life: Introductions”