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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448690838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448690831
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,111,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Hennerberg began pulling his hair at the age of 6. After many years of secretly hiding this disorder, named trichotillomania, he has written the narrative of his childhood while growing up on farms near the Nebraska and Kansas border. His book weaves in stories about his upbringing with family, school, growing up on a Midwestern farm, church, and 4-H. The story continues to his adult years when he started to wear a hairpiece, how he found love, and the turning point of when he decided to no longer keep "trich" a secret. Hennerberg is a nationally recognized speaker and author in his profession. On Father's Day 2004 a message written for Hennerberg's father called "What I Learned from You" was published worldwide by advice columnist Dear Abby. His website for people with trichotillomania and compulsive disorders is www.manage-trich-urges.com.

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Gary Hennerberg started to pull his hair at the age of six, and he thought he was the only person in the world with this mysterious urge. Today we know there may be 10 million or more people in the U.S. who skillfully conceal hair pulling urges and shamefully suffer with trichotillomania in silence. In his book, titled Urges, Gary takes you deeply inside his mind as he shares his most intimate and private thoughts about living with trichotillomania.

The book has already had a profound influence on at least one teen-ager who recently read the first chapter before the book was completed. "Stephen" is 16, and like the book's author, started pulling his hair as a child. Stephen said "it's like half the things he said in one chapter was my whole life story." Stephen sent a text message to one of his high school teachers asking if he could read parts of the first chapter to his classmates. Up until that point, he had not shared with his classmates why he wore caps to school and had no hair. The words in the book was Stephen's chance to explain the disorder to other teens and tell them what was going on his mind, which largely mirrored what Hennerberg had written in his book. Stephen says that reading the book has changed his life.

"After I finished reading that part of the book, I explained to my classmates why it was important to me. After everything was said and done, they all clapped for me and I never felt prouder of myself," said Stephen. "This book had an amazing impact on me, and it will on millions of others."

The book has drawn praise from many in the trichotillomania community. The Foreword for Urges was written by Christina Pearson, Founder of the Trichotillomania Learning Center in Santa Cruz, CA.

"More individuals like Gary are stepping up to share their personal experiences with this misunderstood and often misdiagnosed disorder," said Pearson. "Ultimately, this will help others come to terms with their own struggles in healthier ways, and lay the groundwork for what I hope will be a public awareness paradigm shift."

The book is not written by a medical professional, but rather is a personal and intimate account of a man who has coped with the disorder through most of his life. It opens with the incident that prompted Hennerberg to begin pulling his hair. In this story, he reveals his intimate thoughts and questions about why he has trichotillomania (also called "trich" or TTM).

In this book, Hennerberg shares three approaches he has used to co-exist with trichotillomania: his faith, self-acceptance, and discovering his gifts and talents. Using stories of his childhood while growing up on farms near the Nebraska and Kansas borders, he shares life lessons that have enabled him to cope and accept hair pulling. As a child, he thought he was the only person who pulled his hair. The book weaves stories of lessons learned while in 4-H, family life on a farm, and ultimately how he accepted himself and decided to go public with his story when he stopped covering his bald spots with a hairpiece and decided to shave his head.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Zipp on October 18, 2009
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I would think the world is unequally divided into two groups, the `majority share' having never heard of the word "Trichotillomania" and having no inkling of what it means... and the other group which can relate to this condition on a very personal level.

The challenge would be how to write a book that will be balanced enough to capture the interest and attention of each of the afore mentioned `groups'. I found this book to be extremely well written, in that it documents the `journey' of Gary from childhood into manhood in such a manner that the book is both an enlightening and entertaining read.

As the pages turn, one by one, you find yourself looking over Gary's shoulder as he makes his way down this path that has been laid out before him. For those dealing with the challenge of `Trich', and the personal questions and fears that are bottled up inside..., this story provides the realization that those same issues are shared by others and that there can be a resolution which can be found. For those just learning about Trich, by the time you finish the journey with Gary... your understanding of this condition will be at a very different level.

It is true that everyone must 'walk their own path' in order to reach their individual destination... but it is also true that, at times, ... `your' path may join others... so for that moment you are on the same section of road. Benefiting from what others have already discovered... can illuminate the path before you as you travel.

This book can be such a `candle' for you...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Avilla on January 3, 2010
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Gary Hennerberg's book, Urges, not only offers hope and inspiration for people with trichotillomania, I believe the book is also the first written by a male about his own personal journey with TTM. Gary takes the reader directly into the mind and thinking of someone with TTM, from his first pull as a child to his final chapter he titled Turning Point, which brought tears to my eyes. His honest account of the emotions involved with wanting to pull, his detailed description(s) of buying a hair piece and later, shaving his head, and his deep faith in God that he was created with TTM, are all brought together in a journal-like fashion that not only brings comfort to myself, as I have TTM, but also would enlighten any reader to understand the complex nature of this affliction. I believe many of us will never forget the defining moment we discovered a medical name for what we did, trichotillomania. I highly recommend this book to anyone with TTM or to individuals who wish to learn about TTM. Those individuals, particularly male, that may be so fortunate to find Gary's book in the beginning of their journey will be encouraged to accept who they are and to be content, in spite of TTM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill J Gifford on July 2, 2013
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Does a beautiful job of conveying the emotional struggle sufferers face at the hands of this obsessive compulsive disorder & forms the bridge so that non-sufferers can understand it better (by describing what overtakes & goes through the minds of those with this OCD). This book provides a window into the soul & blends it with the spirit, hope & promise of an overcomer. The author's message is both touching & encouraging. I definitely recommend it to knowledge seekers, those afflicted & those looking to dig into the complexities of this topic for greater comprehension.
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Urges
By Gary Hennerberg

Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling) is an impulsive control disorder that affects up to 4% of the population. Its causes are still not clearly understood.

This book is written from a very unique perspective. Mr. Hennerberg has suffered from this unusual disorder since childhood. His book is a deeply personal chronicle of his challenges, discoveries and acceptance during this difficult journey.

Early on Gary was, like many others, unable to understand why he was a "puller". To this day he still can't explain what may have caused it. He suffered through it his entire life trying to hide his secret compulsion. Unavoidable was shame, guilt, depression, believing he was alone with this problem and the ever present anxiety of some day being discovered.

How would his family and friends react if they knew?

URGES is an intriguing book and allows us to travel alongside Gary during his journey from his childhood in Nebraska to adulthood and see this from the "inside" without preaching or playing the victim.

As it turns out, writing this book was not only personally therapeutic but it also accomplished his ultimate goal of offering help to the others with this and other compulsive disorders.

This book gives hope and inspiration to not only those with Trichotillomania but also their family and friends. I gained an extraordinary education and understanding thanks to this book.
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