7:15 pm | Drama film/Documentary | 1 hr 20 min
Sponsored by the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and The Canadian BFRB Support Network
Trichster, by filmmakers Jillian Corsie and Katie Maul, “follows seven individuals, ranging from eight years old to late twenties, as they navigate the complicated emotions surrounding trichotillomania and the effect it has on their daily lives. Whether dealing with family and friends to budding relationships and careers, each is affected differently and have unique obstacles to overcome. Ultimately each must decide how much they allow their disorder to define who they are as people.”
So what is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania , or “trich”, is characterized by the repetitive pulling out of one’s hair. Trichotillomania is one of a group of behaviors known as Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), self-grooming behaviors in which individuals pull, pick, scrape, or bite their hair, skin, or nails, resulting in damage to the body. BFRBs are mental health disorders — people affected truly can not “just stop” the unwanted behavior.”
People who have trichotillomania, roughly fifteen million in the United States and mostly women, or other BFRBs simply want to raise awareness of and destigmatize their conditions, feel they can come out hiding, and be understood better. That way, some pressure in their lives can be lifted at least a little bit.
For more information about Trichster please visit the websites—trichster.com, bfrb.org, & canadianBFRB.org.