The Ultimate List: Books with Trichotillomania Representation That You Need to Read

Hi Friends! One of the most dangerous aspects of trichotillomania, also known as the hair-pulling disorder, is that people don’t want to talk about it. So, trich sufferers go on relatively silently. Meanwhile, the general public is none the wiser. There are billions of search results for the simple question: why do I pull my hair out? But it seems like no one knows about the medical disorder.

Reading Hair Pull Rep

Well, I say that’s about enough of that! Let’s talk about it. Let’s get more people involved. Whether you’re asking yourself “why am I pulling my hair out?” or know you have a BFRB (body-focused repetitive behavior disorder), these books may give you some idea of what having trich is like and/or provide some solace in knowing that you’re not alone. Or, if you’re looking for information or perspective because you’re trying to support a loved one, good on you. Welcome! Thank you and hugs from me to you!

Now, of course, not all rep is good rep. But, having rep in the first place is a step in the right direction. If even a tiny bit of the stigma and shame that comes along with trichotillomania can be diminished, then I’ll be over the moon.

Finding Hair Pulling Rep Is Hard

When I went looking for trich rep in books, I found two main sources: a 3-book “list” by Book Riot and a 25-book Trichotillomania/Dermatillomania Listopia on Goodreads. These are great starting points. However, I want more. I know there’s more rep out there! I mentioned the lack of rep to a very good friend of mine and he thought for a minute and added a Neil Gaiman work to this list! Just talking about it can really bring more rep out into the light of day.

So, I’ve scoured the web and found some more TTM rep books (more coming once I verify them!). Here’s an ongoing list of written works with verified hair pulling rep in the fiction and memoir categories. Read them, share and discuss. Let’s explore the ways pulling hair out is represented. Let’s talk about trich. xx


The Perfect Pull – Lindsay Woolman (2012, Playa Blanca Media)

the perfect pull

The Sandman: Master of Dreams #17: Calliope – Neil Gaiman (1991, Globo)

the sandman #17

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn (2006, Broadway Paperbacks)

sharp objects


Doesn’t It Hurt?: Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers – Sandy Rosenblatt (2014, Plucky Press)

doesnt it hurt

Furiously Happy: A Funny Books About Horrible Things – Jenny Lawson (2015, Flatiron Books)

furiously happy

Hello Me, It’s You – Hannah Todd (2016, Hello Me, It’s You)

hello me its you

Life Is Trichy: Memoir of a Mental Health Therapist with a Mental Health Disorder – Lindsey M. Muller (2014, Mindful Publishing Co.)

life is trichy

Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions – Marni Bates (2009, Health Communications)


My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness #1 – Nagata Kabi, Japanese translated by Jocelyne Allen (2017, Seven Seas)

my les experience with loneliness 1 hearts

Pearls: Meditations on Recovery from Hair Pulling and Skin Picking (2010, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform)


Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want – Ann Swindell (2017, Tyndale House Publishers)

still waiting

Stronger Than Steel, Braver Than Crazy – Abby Leora Rohrer (2009, Facilitated Recovery, LLC)

stronger than steel

Urges: Hope and Inspiration for People with Trichotillomania and Other Myserious Compulsive Disorders – Gary Hennerberg (2009, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform)


You Are Not Alone: Compulsive Hair Pulling, the Enemy Within – Cheryn Salazar (1993, Rophe Press)

you are not alone

Help with Hair Pulling Rep

If you have any representation to add to my lists, please let me know! I’m compiling hair-pulling representation lists about books, celebrities, movies, TV shows and music. If you have rep, I’d love to hear from you! You can enter your rep right below, or contact me 🙂

*This list will be updated with new info as it comes in & is verified. Follow me on Goodreads as well to keep up 🙂

**Unverified fiction/memoir list coming soon. Help me verify the rep if you’ve read them 🙂

***Scientific/medical help books are not included. Those books are easy to locate on Amazon, etc. so I don’t think people need help finding them. When I read/use a good one I’ll be sure to let you know!

I hope you liked this list! If so, make sure to follow my posts and find me on other socials (links below). Thanks so much for reading & take care of yourself. xx

Love, Rexie

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