One of the questions that has been coming to mind as I’ve been working my way towards overcoming Trich is whether or not more women have this than men.
The reason I wonder this is because most of the groups that I’m a part of are made up of women.
Even my private group is almost all women. Only 1.5% of the members are men.
Why Does It Look Like More Women Have Trichotillomania?
I started doing some research on the topic and asking myself some deeper questions about women vs. men in general.
I could see where men wouldn’t want to tell their doctor about this, a lot of men avoid the doctor more than women do, I’ve seen this in my own life.
Are Men Outgrowing Trichotillomania More Than Women?
Girls deal with a lot of pressure in youth and even more as they grow older.
While boys do have pressures too, I feel like girls have a different kind of pressure that leads to more insecurities.
I looked up some statistics and found that..
- More girls are sexually abused than boys. It’s 1 and 5 for girls and 1 in 20 for boys.
- Girls are equally if not more involved in substance abuse than boys are.
- Women tend to work harder than men, we’re hard wired that way, “Google it”, you’ll see there’s all sorts of studies on this, I’m not just burning my bra here.
- Women are more likely to be more insecure than men and that could be a major contributing factor.
- Women have hormones that men do not, we experience PMS, pregnancy and postpartum changes.
Women deal with a ridiculous amount of pressure when it comes to their body changes, more so than men, you can see that on any magazine rack.
And What Makes Me Look at These Insecurity Factors?
It certainly was the case with me.
I can tell you that over the past few months of just working through my own thoughts on this blog that insecurity seems to be a lot of what started this for me as a child and I still have a lot of insecurities today.
My business really makes me insecure when things aren’t going well.
My business is how I feed my family, pay my bills, etc.
It just makes me wonder if more women are dealing with Trichotillomania because of insecurity?
I do notice that a lot more women are speaking up on Instagram and Facebook.
Are we just more social?
…or are more women dealing with Trichotillomania than men?
What’s been your observation?
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