“Hello, today’s video is very special. I am shaving all my hair off. And I’m terrified.”
That's how vlogger Rebecca Brown begins her newest video on her YouTube page TrichJournal. Uploaded on Jan. 1, the video shows Brown shaving her hair off to deal with a condition she suffers from called Trichotillomania, which causes people to compulsively pull out their hair.
“It’s either shave my hair or lose my hair," she says. "I’m fed up being triggered and tortured by the hair on my head and I don’t really feel that I have any other option.”
“For many people watching, they may think this is a bit excessive or unnecessary and it’s not," Brown explains. "Countless people with my disorder have to go through this.”
“I’m not scared of shaving it off or being bald. That doesn’t scare me," Brown says. "It’s what it symbolizes that hurts.”
This is the second time Brown has shaved her head because of Trichotillomania. The first time was in 2011. "You can’t give up with a disorder," Brown says at the end of the video. "Even when you hate it, you just have to keep going.”
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