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Trichotillomania

Updated: May 30, 2020

On a serious note, I want to dive deep into the topic of Trichotillomania. Also known as a hair pulling disorder, which is classified under an Obsessive-Compulsive disorder. This involves the reocurring urge to pull hair out from the scalp, eyebrows, and eye lashes.


More than often, hair pulling is triggered by anxiety, stress, and or depression. Hair pulling often leaves patches of bald spots which can lead to distress and interfere with social situations. Certain situations may also trigger hair pulling such as a feeling of negative emotions can revert to people pulling hair as a way of dealing with uncomfortable feelings, boredom, loneliness, fatigue, frustration, and anxiety. It may trigger also positive feelings, giving the person a feeling of satisfaction and provide relief which leads them to continue pulling to maintain a positive feeling.

The common symptoms of trichotillomania may include:

  • Repeatedly pulling your hair out, typically from your scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes, but sometimes from other body areas, and sites may vary over time

  • An increasing sense of tension before pulling, or when you try to resist pulling

  • A sense of pleasure or relief after the hair is pulled

  • Noticeable hair loss, such as shortened hair or thinned or bald areas on the scalp or other areas of your body, including sparse or missing eyelashes or eyebrows

  • Preference for specific types of hair, rituals that accompany hair pulling or patterns of hair pulling

  • Biting, chewing or eating pulled-out hair

  • Playing with pulled-out hair or rubbing it across your lips or face

  • Repeatedly trying to stop pulling out your hair or trying to do it less often without success

  • Significant distress or problems at work, school or in social situations related to pulling out your hair

These factors tend to increase the risk of trichotillomania:

  • Family history. Genetics may play a role in the development of trichotillomania, and the disorder may occur in those who have a close relative with the disorder.

  • Age. Trichotillomania usually develops just before or during the early teens — most often between the ages of 10 and 13 years — and it's often a lifelong problem. Infants also can be prone to hair pulling, but this is usually mild and goes away on its own without treatment.

  • Other disorders. People who have trichotillomania may also have other disorders, such as depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

  • Stress. Severely stressful situations or events may trigger trichotillomania in some people.


Trichotillomania is a long-term disorder. Without seeking help and treatment the symptoms can vary in severity one time. If you suffer from trichotillomania, can’t stop pulling out your hair or you feel embarrassed or ashamed by your appearance of the result of hair pulling. Please speak to your doctor. You’re not alone.

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