Mission & History
Who We Are
The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.
We envision a world where:
- Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) are diagnosed quickly.
- BFRBs are not a source of shame.
- Knowledgeable treatment is available to all people with these disorders.
- Treatments are more effective and eventually cures are found.
- Information and emotional support are available to people of all ages and their families.
Founded in 1991, TLC provides education, outreach, and support of research into the cause and treatment of BFRB disorders. In choosing how to allocate our limited resources, we seek projects that will have large ripple effects, both at the personal and public level, and that will enable larger scale work to be done. We are committed to a culture of humanity, consensus, and personal connection, while achieving the growth necessary to achieve our mission.
What We Do
Compulsive hair pulling and skin picking are disorders that cause millions of people to live in shame and isolation. TLC transforms the lives of sufferers and their families by providing hope, support, and recovery.
Our Founder and Scientific Advisory Board
Founded by Christina Pearson in 1991, TLC is a grassroots organization largely run and supported by people with trichotillomania and skin picking. It is funded through memberships, publication sales, and donations. TLC has convened a Scientific Advisory Board composed of leading researchers and clinicians in the United States and beyond, which meets regularly to share information and propose research strategies.
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