Cape Town woman shares the excruciating pain of living with a hair pulling disorder

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Carla Bernardo suffers from trichotillomania, a hair-pulling condition. (Photo: Supplied)
Carla Bernardo suffers from trichotillomania, a hair-pulling condition. (Photo: Supplied)

It started out as a harmless habit – plucking a stray eyebrow here, pulling a couple out-of-place strands there.

Yet it wasn’t long before the urge to yank out “just a few” hairs became an all-consuming obsession for Carla ­Bernardo.  

The 29-year-old from Cape Town suffers from trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder that often results in bald patches on the head, eyelashes or eyebrows. In severe cases, sufferers also pull out the hair in their pubic areas. 

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