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The Symptoms of Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a psychological condition that causes the urge to pull out hair. The hair is pulled out from the roots at the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or the pubic area.

Do you know someone who is constantly pulling out their hair? Some people may bite their nails or pick at scabs, but some people pull out handfuls of their own hair. These people suffer from a mental condition known as Trichotillomania. This condition leads to patchy bald spots on the head, chest, face or other areas of the body.

Trichotillomania is a psychological condition that causes the urge to pull out hair. The hair is pulled out from the roots at the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or the pubic area. The quantity of the hair pulled varies from person to person. Some may pull large handfuls of hair while others may only pull one strand at a time.

Trichotillomania is currently listed as a type of compulsive disorder, but many are still questioning if this is how it should be classified.  It affects females more than males. Those who suffer from the condition may also bite their nails or pick at their skin. Depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder are all common problems in those with Trichotillomania.

They symptoms of Trichotillomania usually begin before the age of 17 and are an uneven appearance to hair, bare patches or diffuse hair loss, bowel blockage if the hair being pulled out is also eaten, constant tugging, pulling or twisting of hair, denying the hair pulling, hair regrowth that feels like stubble, increased tension, signs of cutting or other self-injury behaviors and feelings of relief, pleasure or gratification after hair pulling.

Trichotillomania was once considered a rare disorder, but because more people have a better understanding of it and more people are seeking help for it now, it has become quite common. 

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  1. Thank you for posting this important article, I once knew
    someone is grade school who used to pull out her hair
    and I really didnt know what was wrong with her. We all
    thought she had a nervous condition, now I know and will
    be able to share this vital information with my family and
    friends.

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