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Symptoms and Possible Causes of Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling disorder that is more common than you think. Those who simply like to tug on their hair don’t necessarily have this disorder. However, if hair pulling leads to bald patches and discomfort, then it may be a problem. What are the symptoms and causes of this unique body-focused repetitive behavior disorder?

Symptoms of Trichotillomania

The main symptom of trichotillomania is the uncontrollable urge to pull out your hair. It may be the hair on top of your head but it can also be your eyebrows, eyelashes, arm or leg hair or even pubic hair. Basically, anywhere you have hair on your body is fair game. It can develop in anyone at any age, even in children as young as 12 months old!

Just picking the hair out isn’t enough for an official diagnosis. You also have to have repeatedly tried to stop the behavior unsuccessfully to get diagnosed. When it gets to the extreme level, this disorder can cause a lot of uncomfortable things like bald patches on the head, which may lead to distress in other areas of life.

Possible Causes of Trichotillomania

There are many possible causes of this disorder and each person may have a different reason behind their actions. For many, it is genetic. If your mom or dad has this disorder, you may be more likely to develop it. It can also be caused by anxiety and stress. Once you feel the stress and sense that pulling the hair has released a bit of stress, the behavior becomes a bit addictive. It is also considered a form of OCD, and can simply be done as a compulsive behavior due to that. It can be a combination of these causes or one in particular.

What to Do If You Have Trichotillomania

If you think you have this disorder, it’s best to see a mental health professional like a psychologist or a psychiatrist. There may be a mental health treatment that will be helpful for you, and there is medication available to help people with compulsive behaviors. However, it may take a bit of experimenting to find out what works for you. In the meantime, there are also hair restoration solutions to hide bald patches.

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