I have had trichotillomania for around 4-5 years and my mom wants to sign me up for a support group, but I kinda freak out when I talk in front of large groups even if it’s online and you can remain anonymous and not show your face. What should I do?

It is completely normal to be nervous about trying something new, especially when it involves sharing personal information with others. Most support groups are small, so it is unlikely that you will have to speak in front of a large number of people. You also can choose what and when you share – if you want to go to the group just to see what it is like and not speak, that’s completely ok! You and your mother can communicate with the group leader prior to your first meeting and let them you know you’d like to just observe before you’re ready to participate. You may also consider talking to your mother about finding an individual therapist, which would be one on one and eliminate the group dynamic altogether. Mental health support is all about finding what works for you, and the good news is there are many options!

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