I highly recommend the Trichotillomania Learning Center's annual conference for any skin-picker or hair-puller who wants to meet people with this disorder and the top specialists around the world who work in treatments for these disorders. Not only that, but you learn about so many facets surrounding what it’s like to have these disorders, in an open forum with those who understand and do not judge! Please visit www.trich.org for more information; every year they hold a retreat too so if you missed out on the conference, the retreat is in September! I will admit that it is a bit pricey to attend these events… but if you have the money and wonder if it’s worth spending it on a trip to these, it is worth that and so much more! It is one thing to talk to other sufferers online but meeting them, talking about the disorder, and not having to explain… having that and professionals who actually study Body- Focused Repetitive Behaviors is something every sufferer should experience at least once in a lifetime.
After returning from the conference in San Francisco, I received a message from Fox 11 News LA because they wanted to interview me via Skype about what it’s like to have Dermatillomania, the struggles I’ve faced, the progress of the documentary, and how “FOREVER MARKED: A Dermatillomania Diary” has helped with raising awareness about it. Although I do not approve of the term “Skinarexia” that was used in the news segment (Aired May 25th to residents of LA), it was done well and is another positive step with helping to get the word out. You can watch the news segment here on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gvWozAdD
A sneak peak of what wasn’t aired on Fox has been uploaded to my channel as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSTxXl4Nu
If you watched it, you will have noted the website reference www.ipickmyskin.com . It is a web portal designed to compile all of the links we have as resources to have in one place. The link to buy my book, to help out with the documentary “Scars of Shame”, to TLC, my Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Causes, Facebook Dermatillomania Awareness Group, my YouTube channel, and Twitter are all included! Instead of having to surf the net to find these sites, they are all conveniently located on this site.
This is a very exciting time for all of us. We are finally making the world aware of our suffering from this disorder. My goals in working with the media are always going to be to raise awareness using honesty instead of sensationalizing the disorder or using it as a “shock factor”. This disorder is real, serious, and affects many people despite age or gender. I would like to ask that you share a YouTube video or two of mine on your wall if you’re comfortable with sharing something that hits close to home for you, or my channel in general. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your continued support and for watching my journey with raising awareness.
***PS: I am going to ask the owner of www.ipickmyskin.com to include this group under the "links" section so we can bring all of our resources together!