In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer talks candidly about the diagnosis as for several years she relied on plucking her hair.
It’s something I’ve been very ashamed of for a long time, says Amy Schumer The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
The longtime American comedian and comedian has been spotted on the American comedy channel Comedy Central, and has won numerous awards for his appearances in comedy and acting.
In an interview with the newspaper, Schumer openly tells about the period during which she suffered from a diagnosis of trichotillomania – a mental disorder with an irresistible urge to pluck her body hair.
She was said to have had difficulties with diagnosis for several years, and it still affects her to this day.
– It’s not like I have this problem, that I don’t have it now. It’s still something I struggle with.
I had to wear a wig
The actress told THR that she was diagnosed when she was going through a difficult time in life. Her father had gone bankrupt and suffered from MS. At the same time, Schumer’s mother was said to have left her father in favor of the father of Schumer’s best friend.
One day, Schumer was said to have pulled out so much hair that she had to wear a wig to school.
– I think everyone has a great secret, and this is a secret to me, she says.
Schumer is currently working on the TV series “Life & Beth,” which deals with diagnosis through Schumer’s character Beth. Through the series, you want to create more openness and less shyness around the diagnosis.
– I don’t want to keep a big secret anymore, she says and continues,
– I think to see if it is of any use to me, to relieve some of my shyness, and perhaps also, hopefully, the shame of others.
More common than you think
according to NHI Trichotillomania is a more common condition than many people think. It is estimated that between five and ten million people in the United States alone suffer from this diagnosis. There are no Norwegian figures on how many people suffer from trichotillomania.
A report from the American Anxiety and Depression Association (ADAA) notes that diagnosis often begins in childhood or adolescence, and during periods of stress.
Schumer says she is concerned that her 2-year-old son will be affected by the same diagnosis, because it may be genetic.
Every time he touched his hair he had a heart attack.
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