Mental Illness Awareness

Tonight, Becky O., a famous Youtube star, will be on 20/20 to talk about her struggle with trichotillomania. She posted a video on her channel earlier encouraging people to tune in tonight as well as to repost the video so that people will be sure to watch and learn about hair-pulling disorder.

As a Christian writer that has made it my focus to raise awareness for mental illness, I know that I should be happy about this episode of 20/20. After all, I had never heard of trichotillomania until last December when I accidentally stumbled on some information. It was only then that I realized that there was a reason I had been tearing out my eyebrows for all these years.

On the other hand though, I am not pleased about this episode. I write anonymously so nobody really knows the real person with mental problems. And despite having bald spots in my eyebrows, nobody has ever asked me about them. I am afraid that the airing of this episode might draw attention to the fact that I have a mental illness; especially if it is mentioned on the episode that trich is related to OCD.

Becky O. is doing the right thing though, even though I am afraid about what it might mean to me. Mental illness is not just about me. It is important for all the people suffering from some type of mental illness.

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