If you know someone who repetitively pulling their hair out of their scalp, you may want to suggest them to go see a doctor. That uncommon behaviour is called as trichotillomania or pull hair disorder. People who have trichotillomania are tend to pull their hair out if they are feeling anxious or distress over something. They feel the urge to just taking their hair off from its root. And sadly, this behaviour can be growing into something much serious.
Pulling hair and unconsciously eating it can create damage to the body since it will form hairballs in the stomach. Turned out, a research has showed that children, adolescents, and young adults are the age range which trichotillomania commonly occur. They also told the world that 1 or 2 people in 50 people will at least experience once trichotillomania period in their lifetime. Woman is the gender which is vulnerable to the trichotillomania pull hair disorder.
Trichotillomania shows symptoms like pulling hair while doing daily activity, feeling relief after pulling their hair out, and even eating the hair under their consciousness. Pulling hair to trichotillomania is like the pain killer pill to overcome the stressful situation surrounding. Pulling hair disorder can be caused by anxiety, stress, change in hormonal conditions, or brain chemical which not meet homeostasis. Trichotillomania patients can pull their hair out of their scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, moustache, or even from their genital area. Due to the habit of pulling their hair out, people with trichotillomania can suffer from bald patches and even further mental discomfort like low self-esteem and embarrassment.
Trichotillomania can be treated with the therapy of cognitive behavioural. The most used training in treating trichotillomania is habit reversal training. The reducing pull hair disorder process involves keeping diary of when the patient is pulling their hair out, what the thing which triggers the action and how to avoid the trigger.