Amy Schumer gets candid on longtime struggle with hair-pulling disorder

Amy Schumer reveals she has hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania and worries son may inherit it: ‘Every time he touches his head I’m having a heart attack’

  • Schumer shared struggle with compulsive hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania
  • And she told The Hollywood Reporter she has felt ‘shame’ over it
  • She developed trichotillomania during her turbulent childhood
  • At one point had to wear a wig to school though it fooled no one
  • And the star worries her son Gene, two, may inherit the condition

Amy Schumer has candidly discussed her longtime struggle with the compulsive hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania.

The 40-year-old comedian has just premiered a semiautobiographical show called Life And Beth that shows her character suffering from the disorder.

Now Amy has told The Hollywood Reporter that she worries her son Gene, two, may inherit the condition as there are genetic factors to trichotillomania.

Speaking frankly: Amy Schumer has candidly discussed her longtime struggle with the compulsive hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania

Amy, who shares Gene with her chef husband Chris Fischer, said of her toddler: ‘Every time he touches his head I’m having a heart attack.’

While discussing her own experience with the disorder, Amy said: ‘I think everybody has a big secret and that’s mine. And I’m proud that my big secret only hurts me but it’s been what I’ve carried so much shame about for so long. ‘

She developed trichotillomania during her turbulent childhood and at one point had to wear a wig to school – though she said the hairpiece fooled no one.

‘And it’s not that I used to have this problem and now I don’t, it’s still something that I struggle with,’ the Trainwreck star shared.

Seen onscreen: The 40-year-old comedian has just premiered a semiautobiographical show called Life And Beth (pictured) that shows her character suffering from the disorder

Seen onscreen: The 40-year-old comedian has just premiered a semiautobiographical show called Life And Beth (pictured) that shows her character suffering from the disorder

What a cast: Life And Beth, which Amy directed a few episodes of as well as creating, stars her alongside Superbad actor Michael Cera

What a cast: Life And Beth, which Amy directed a few episodes of as well as creating, stars her alongside Superbad actor Michael Cera

Amy was born on the Upper East Side to a successful New York family – her father Gordon owned a company that sold baby-furniture.

However while she was nine years old her father went bankrupt, and then three years later he discovered he had multiple sclerosis.

Amy’s mother Sandra wound up leaving Gordon for another man – whose daughter happened to be Amy’s best friend.

During her new interview Amy revealed that her life was a shambles at the part of her childhood when her trichotillomania flared up.

Candid: Now Amy has told The Hollywood Reporter that she worries her son Gene, two, may inherit the condition as there are genetic factors to trichotillomania

Candid: Now Amy has told The Hollywood Reporter that she worries her son Gene, two, may inherit the condition as there are genetic factors to trichotillomania

Mother and son: Amy, who shares Gene with her chef husband Chris Fischer, said of her toddler: 'Every time he touches his head I'm having a heart attack'

Mother and son: Amy, who shares Gene with her chef husband Chris Fischer, said of her toddler: ‘Every time he touches his head I’m having a heart attack’

She explained that she highlighted the disorder on Life And Beth because ‘I really don’t want to have a big secret anymore.’

Said she: ‘And I thought putting it in there would be good for me to alleviate some of my shame and maybe, hopefully, help others alleviate some of theirs, too.’

Life And Beth, which Amy directed a few episodes of as well as creating, stars her alongside Superbad actor Michael Cera.

Amy plays a successful wine distributor who begins reexamining her life amid a series of flashbacks to her teenage years.

Father and son: In an Instagram post for Gene's second birthday Amy wrote that he will 'most likely' inherit Chris' autism 'and if he's anything like his father that is wonderful news'

Father and son: In an Instagram post for Gene’s second birthday Amy wrote that he will ‘most likely’ inherit Chris’ autism ‘and if he’s anything like his father that is wonderful news’

The top-flight supporting cast includes comedian Yameneika Saunders, Hitch actor Michael Rapaport and Broadway star Laura Benanti.

Amy married Chris the day before Valentine’s Day 2018 and welcomed little Gene into the world in May the following year.

In an Instagram post for Gene’s second birthday Amy wrote that he will ‘most likely’ inherit Chris’ autism ‘and if he’s anything like his father that is wonderful news.’

WHAT IS TRICHOTILLOMANIA?

Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder that causes sufferers to recurrently, impulsively pull out their hair at the root.

Sufferers often feel a high level of tension and a strong urge to pull, followed by pleasure or relief when it is done.

The condition may be caused by anxiety or depression and can result in baldness.

Females are most commonly affected with the condition usually starting between the ages of nine and 13.

Treatment focuses on therapy that records what an individual’s triggers are and how to overcome them.

Source: OCD UK

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