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What is Trichotillomania?

This disorder that many suffer from, remains in the dark.

Trichotillomania is a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior disorder, closely related to OCD.  One in fifty people are effected by Trichotillomania. This disorder causes people, mainly young women, to pull out their hair with uncontrollable urges. This disorder has no known causes and is not something that has a 100% effective cure. Although vitamin supplements and therapy have been considered helpful in some cases, they do not work for all people.

            Trichotillomania tends to most commonly show itself in young girls, and can cause them to pull from the head, eyelashes, eyebrows or anywhere where there is hair. Men tend to pull from beards and chest hair. Some people pull only from one area while others pull from a mixture.

            The urges acquired with Trichotillomania are not easily controlled. Some may grow out of them, while others learn, or don’t learn to deal with them. These urges can be somewhat of an itching, burning feeling in the scalp, pinpointing one or several hairs. In certain cases the hair may “hurt” or feel sore.

It is helpful to keep in mind that Trichotillomania is not a form of self-harm. Those who have this disorder do not purposely do it to themselves. In most cases they have no control whatsoever over the urges and cannot resist the temptation.

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