We can all agree that lockdown is tough.
For those with poorly understood mental health conditions, it can be even harder.
Visual artist Luisa Freitas knows this better than most, as she struggles with a condition called trichotillomania.
According to the NHS, trichotillomania (or trich, for short) is a condition in which sufferers feel ‘an intense urge to pull their hair out, and they experience growing tension until they do’. It is not an impulse that sufferers can easily control, and there is no cure.
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While it is estimated that up to one in four people in the UK are affected by trichotillomania, it is unclear what causes the condition. It is, however, thought to be linked to stress,…