Amy Schumer Shares Her “Large Secret”: A Hair-Pulling Dysfunction Referred to as Trichotillomania

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Amy Schumer has by no means been one to draw back from powerful conversations, particularly round her well being and physique. The comic has spoken publicly about liposuction surgery, her IVF journey, choosing not to breastfeed, and extra. However her most up-to-date confession, she says, has been “an enormous secret” since she was a toddler.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer shared for the primary time that she offers with trichotillomania, often known as hair-pulling dysfunction, per Mayo Clinic. “I feel everyone has an enormous secret, and that is mine,” Schumer stated. “And I am proud that my large secret solely hurts me, however it’s been what I’ve carried a lot disgrace about for thus lengthy.”

Schumer’s confession comes on the heels of the discharge of her new semi-autobiographical present, “Life & Beth,” which incorporates her expertise with trichotillomania, per People. Within the present (identical to in actual life), she begins experiencing trichotillomania after her father’s multiple-sclerosis analysis and chapter declaration. Throughout that point, Schumer’s mother and father had additionally break up up, and her mom was courting her finest pal’s father, per Folks.

Trichotillomania is classed as a psychological dysfunction, and whereas its trigger it unclear, consultants imagine it outcomes from a number of components, together with household historical past, age, and different problems, in addition to environmental components akin to stress. It “entails recurrent, irresistible urges to drag out hair out of your scalp, eyebrows or different areas of your physique, regardless of making an attempt to cease,” the Mayo Clinic website says. This sort of hair pulling can go away patchy bald spots, and individuals who undergo from it usually attempt to disguise the aftereffects.

Schumer stated throughout her interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she has handled trichotillomania since grade faculty and as soon as wore a wig to cowl up the ensuing hair loss. Her expertise with the dysfunction has developed over time; she’s not sporting a wig. Nonetheless, Schumer confused its continued presence in her life at this time. “It is not that I used to have this drawback and now I do not,” she stated. “It is nonetheless one thing that I battle with.” As a mom, Schumer stated she’s frightened that her son, Gene, may have it too. “Each time he touches his head, I am having a coronary heart assault,” she stated.

In sharing her expertise in “Life & Beth,” Schumer hopes to lastly discover some aid across the dysfunction. “I actually do not wish to have an enormous secret anymore,” she stated. “And I believed placing it in there could be good for me to alleviate a few of my disgrace and possibly, hopefully, assist others alleviate a few of theirs, too.”

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