Amy Schumer Says She Has Trichotillomania. Here’s What You Need to Know About This Hairpulling Disorder

Amy Schumer has a secret she no longer wants to keep — she’s been living for years with the hairpulling disorder trichotillomania.

“I think everybody has a big secret and that’s mine,” Schumer told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview earlier this week. “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.”

Schumer has battled with this mental health condition since her teen years, when it got so bad that she needed to wear a wig to cover the bald spots, she said in the interview. She gets real about what trichotillomania looks like in Life Beth, the new dramedy on Hulu that she created, wrote, and directed. In flashbacks to adolescence, Schumer’s character, Beth, confronts clumps of hair on the bathroom floor and navigating high school with an ill-fitting wig.

Her newly revealed secret will resonate with a lot of people. Trichotillomania may affect as much as 4 percent of the population, according to MedlinePlus. And women are four times more likely than men to develop this condition.