Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a condition where a person feels compelled to pull their hair out. This may be the hair on your head or even your eyebrows or eyelashes.

Trichotillomania is an impulse-control disorder. Impulse-control disorders are more common amongst teenagers and young adults. Trichotillomania tends to affect girls more than boys. Trichotillomania is where you experience an intense urge to pull your hair out and the tension mounts until you do so. It is seen as a psychological condition where the person is unable to stop themselves’ carrying out a particular action. After pulling out hair, the person feels a sense of relief. Repeated pulling of the hair on the head will result in bald patches. Trichotillomania can cause negative feelings, such as guilt, embarrassment or shame and result in denial of a problem. Behaviours such as inspecting the hair root, twirling the hair, pulling the hair between the teeth, chewing on the hair, or even eating hair are observed.

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Many people who have trichotillomania try to deny they have a problem and may attempt to hide theirhair loss by wearing hats, scarves, and false eyelashes and eyebrows. Infection, skin damage, and permanent hair loss are possible complications of trichotillomania. The hair loss and skin damage can lead to problems with self-esteem and body image. In extreme cases, some people might avoid social situations in order to hide the hair loss.

What causes trichotillomania?

It’s not known what causes trichotillomania, but there are several theories. Some experts think hair pulling is a type of addiction. The more you pull your hair out, the more you want to keep doing it. Trichotillomania may be a reflection of a mental health problem. Psychological and behavioural theories suggest that hair pulling may be a way of relieving stress or anxiety. In some cases, trichotillomania may be a form of self harm, where the person deliberately injures themselves as a way of seeking temporary relief from emotional distress.

It is important that you seek medical advice from your GP, the most effective form of treatment is therapy to help change the behaviour. Here at Simone Thomas hair loss clinic and hairdressers in Bournemouth and Wokingham we can help you choose a wig to wear to help cover up your patches until your hair grows back, please call for a consultation, you are not alone and we see many people experiencing the same as you.