Amy Schumer Reveals She has Trichotillomania
Amy Schumer is speaking up about her long-term fight with trichotillomania, a condition that involves compulsive hair pulling. “I believe everyone has a major secret, and mine is mine,” Schumer said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Friday. “And I’m glad that my major secret only bothers me, but it’s something I’ve been ashamed of for a long time.”
The comedian said that her battles with trichotillomania — a mental health issue, not merely a “bad habit,” according to the Mayo Clinic — began in elementary school and have remained a source of anxiety to this day. “It’s not like I had this problem before and now I don’t,” she explained. “It’s something I’m still working on.“
Trichotillomania occurred for the Academy Awards host during a particularly stressful period in her life when her father filed bankruptcy and was afflicted with multiple sclerosis shortly after. Her mother also left him for her best friend’s married father before Schumer started high school.
Pulling her hair out all the time caused bald spots, so she had to wear an ill-fitting wig to school, which “everyone knew,” according to the actress. “Every time he touches his head, I’m having a heart attack,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, worried that her 2-year-old son, Gene, will inherit the hereditary ailment.
In her new semi-autobiographical Hulu series, “Life & Beth,” Schumer explores the diagnosis to bring awareness to others who are coping with the same problem.
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“I don’t want to keep a big secret any longer,” she stated. “And I figured that putting that in there would help me relieve some of my embarrassment and, hopefully, help others relieve some of theirs as well.“
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