What is Trichotillomania?

The uncommon behaviour of pulling hair turns out to be something that really serious in someone’s life. The behaviour disorder is called trichotillomania. People with trichotillomania feel the need to pull their own hair to receive the relief feel. By pulling hair, people who suffered from trichotillomania are searching for comfort to overcome their stress and anxiety. Besides anxiety and stress, trichotillomania also can be occurred due to brain chemical imbalanced condition and change of certain hormone levels. Furthermore, this disorder is common among childhood, teenager, and young adult. In children, there was no significant difference between boys and girls according to a research. However in adult, trichotillomania is more experienced by women rather than the men, by 80 to 90 percent.

People with pull hair disorder can pull their hair out of their scalp, eyebrows, genital area, eyelashes, moustache, beard, or other attached hair area in the body. Bald patches are the side effect of trichotillomania. This may lead to shame feeling and low self-esteem in the society because of the off appearance. Trichotillomania can be serious problem especially when the people who owned this disorder are eating their hair as well. The eaten hair will form hairball in the stomach and certainly can cause much serious medical condition. With that being said, people with trichotillomania particularly the chronic or more serious trichotillomania need to see a doctor.

Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT is the most used treatment in trichotillomania treatment. The professional may use the method of habit reversal training to reduce the symptoms. The treatment will be something like taking notes every time the patients show pull hair habit, watching the thing what makes them pull their hair out and learn how to avoid as well as to overcome it, and transferring the behaviour to other activity like squeezing stress ball.

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