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Also known as compulsive hair pulling, trichotillomania is an uncommon disorder in which a patient pulls out hair from different parts of their body. This disorder results from and causes anxiety, embarrassment, different physical complications, as well as social isolation, especially in the case of a teen.

ADEONA Healthcare of Rancho San Diego provides treatment for trichotillomania along with any underlying conditions which might be feeding it. Females are more prone to develop this mental disorder than males, with signs generally appearing at the age of nine. Symptoms might disappear for a period of time however they may persist throughout life. Patients, suffering from this mental disorder, tend to pull hair not only from their scalp but from their eyebrows and eyelashes too. Extreme hair pulling leads to bald patches. This creates a social problem for a teen with their peers.

Unlike other mental health disorders, like depression, trichotillomania is a disorder that affects a patient’s physical appearance. Due to loss of hair, teens are more prone to suffer from embarrassment and even discrimination by friends who do not understand the disorder. Physically, due to excessive pulling of hair, the skin around the hair roots might get damaged, leading to sores and infection. Excessive pulling also affects hair regrowth. Sometimes a patient might also suffer from trichobezoar, a condition in which a hair ball forms in the digestive tract because of eating hair.

Symptoms of Trichotillomania

  • Pulling hair from different parts of the body
  • Feeling stressed if the urge to pull hair is resisted
  • Feeling of satisfaction or pleasure after pulling hair

Warning Signs of Trichotillomania

  • Bald patches or sudden thinning of hair including eyelashes and eyebrows
  • Chewing or eating hair
  • Obsession of playing with hair
  • Repetitive hair pulling

Causes of Trichotillomania

Just like other compulsive disorders, particular causes of trichotillomania are yet unknown. Though it is presumed to be due to possible malfunctioning of the brain, more research work needs to be done to find out the real causes.

However, certain risk factors are attributed for the development of this disorder:

  • Genetics: Just like other compulsive disorders, genetics plays a role in one developing
  • Mental health: Trichotillomania can appear as a coping mechanism for people suffering from anxiety, depression or frustration. It can also appear along with obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD).

Treatment for Trichotillomania

Compulsive disorders such as trichotillomania respond well to treatment. Trichotillomania treatment requires a caring and understanding environment along with appropriate counseling. Therapy helps in identifying the root cause of the issue and in teaching the patients tools and ways to cope and move forward in their lives.

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