Posted by: glitterseason | March 29, 2008


SLITKR1. Mean anything? Well apparently this is a gene that was focused on by researchers at The Duke University. They found, in 2006, that many people with trichotillomania had a mutated version of this gene showing that there is perhaps a genetic component to the disorder. The mutated gene is responsible for the ‘wiring of the brain’ which causes people to have the urge to pull out their own hair.

I find this very interesting as I have noticed my own mother pulling at her own eyebrows, which is something I also do. Hers are thinning just like mine and I do wonder if something has been passed on to me.



In other news, my hair pulling is getting worse at the moment, frantically yanking out hairs one by one, particularly focusing on pulling a hair with a big follicle. I do it at work and in front of people and I wonder if anyone has noticed, no one has ever said anything to me though. I need to kick this habit, its so frustrating. Frustration is basically a low level of anger which is unproductive for me to live my life to the full.



  1. That’s really interesting!

    I found your blog when I was searching for trich sites at work yesterday, and I’m really glad I did, so I just wanted to say thanks.

    I’ve had trich for nearly 6 years now, and I’m a former self harmer too.

    My blog is not only about trich, but I have just written quite a big post about it.

    Do you mind if I put a link to you on my blog?

  2. hello! thank you for your lovely comment! It would be wonderful for you to link to my blog, I am flattered!

    *sends hugs…*

  3. I pull my hair alot too, even at work. I never know if anyone’s watching me or not. It’s better than when I was cutting, but it’s still bad.

  4. I’ve only just stumbled upon this via fightingtheurge. I have done this for years… my mum does too, but I wonder if it’s nature or nuture as presumably we’ve seen our parents do this and have copied?

  5. it is interesting…I do think it is a mixture of both nature and nurture!

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