Hey all, my partner is a trans boi and he asked me to post here on his behalf to ask about trichotillomania, which is compulsive hair-pulling. He pulls hair out from his pubic area, particularly from his labia, and it leaves a lot of ingrown hairs that sometimes then become painful. He says he finds it soothing and enjoys the pain (and yes, we do enjoy a bit of S&M in the bedroom, but I don’t think that this is directly related). From what he’s said and from what I’ve read about it, it seems that this is related to anxiety, and he deals with a LOT of stress on a daily basis. He wants to stop the hair pulling but doesn’t know how, and I don’t know either.
Has anyone else dealt with this before? Any strategies for dealing with it? We live in Kenya and don’t have much access to medical services, let alone mental health services, so personal experiences or links to useful resources would probably be most helpful.