Woman with impulse disorder shares experiences through moving personal videos

Innovative and passionate people have been quick to find ways to shape video production and social media to their purposes. One such person is Rebecca Brown, or BeckieO. Through her Youtube channel, “Trich Journal”, Brown educates her viewers on issues connected with impulse disorders by sharing her experiences with trichotillomania. Now in her twenties, Brown has had the disorder, which can result in skin picking and pulling out one’s hair, since the age of ten. By fourteen-years-old, Brown had begun a photography project that would result in a simple yet powerful showcase of her reality with the disorder. “She Takes A Photo: 6.5 Years – BeckieO,” visible below, is a rapid series of self-portrait photos of Brown, taken daily from the ages of fourteen to twenty-one. Put together, the video reveals Brown’s experience, as her hair thins and scabs appear. Overall, the tone of her channel is positive, focused on raising awareness and supporting others with similar disorders. Additional videos produced by Brown cover topics such as tips for creams and lotions, and “battling on.” You can visit Brown’s channel here.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.