Disclosure is a matter for the individual.
Privacy is a tricster's right, please respect that.
Your child has the right to decide who should know about the disorder. If you're asked not to talk about it, please keep it to yourself. You can find ways to discuss your feelings without giving away too much.
At the same time, we appreciate that talking about how you feel is positive. Children may have problems overcoming their shame and telling others about their Trichotillomania. There is a discussion on our forums about who and how to tell people.
It's perfectly natural to feel distressed and concerned about your children
pulling, but it isn't your fault. We've provided a safe environment for
you to talk
to others and get help, without outing your child who may not be ready
to tell anyone.
The hurt that a parent feels for a child is a unique and intense kind of pain, special in every sense, and positive in many ways. Right now, for instance, that hurt is motivating you to seek out help. (((hug))). That's terrific. So where do you allow your pain it's space, and when do you release it, and let your child's feelings become paramount? You're doing well right now and you might even hear your child say 'it's not about YOU, it's about me', but that's ok; it's about whole families, and living with something that's not how we'd like it to be.
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