Trichotillomania: Why Stress In Your Life May Lead To Hair Loss

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Do you have irresistible urges to pull out your hair? Do you have so much stress in your life that the only solution is to do so, contributing to hair loss? If you do, you may have trichotillomania.  About 5 to 10 million people in the United States suffer from trichotillomania (about 3.5%), as do 1 to 2 percent of the …

What is Trichotillomania?

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Trichotillomania (trick-o-till-o-may-nee-uh), also known as “hair-pulling disorder,” is a psychological illness characterized by the repetitive pulling out of one’s hair. Trichotillomania is one of a class of disorders known as body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), in which individuals pull, pick, scrape, or bite their hair, skin, or nails resulting in body damage. Although (trichotillomania) is not commonly known, it’s one of …

How Anxiety Can Cause Trichotillomania

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Hair loss can be distressing, no matter what causes it. We often link how our hair looks to self-worth and self-image, so losing control of our own hair can leave us feeling very down. But when your hair loss is a direct result of your state of mind, how do you cope? We look at the links between anxiety and …

Trichotillomania: Definition and Causes

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Often shortened to TTM or trich, trichotillomania is a compulsive disorder in which the sufferer pulls at their hair. Along with the hair on their head, they may pull hair anywhere on their body—including pubic hair and painful areas like the eyelashes or eyebrows. Trichotillomania is a psychological condition and may be linked to other health conditions. Treatment for TTM …

How the Holidays Can Make You Lose Your Hair: The Lowdown on Trichotillomania

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If you ever heard the expression: “Don’t lose your hair,” when someone is stressed out, you might have thought they were exaggerating. But it turns out, there are people who lose their hair through stress. With the holidays being an anxious time for people alongside a global pandemic these are anxious times. Here’s the lowdown on trichotillomania. What is Trichotillomania? …

Could the Stress of COVID 19 Cause Trichotillomania?

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Stress is part of life, whether positive, like starting a new job, or negative, like missing a deadline. While it’s true that stress is universal, we are now facing an unprecedented crisis in mental health due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Though necessary for safety, social distancing measures have isolated us from the people we rely on for support. If you …

Trichotillomania: What It Is and How to Get Help

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Trichotillomania is a condition that causes compulsive hair pulling. People with trichotillomania often pull their hair so often that it leads to hair loss. The hair pulling may happen consciously or unconsciously. Researchers haven’t settled on a universal treatment for trichotillomania. Most treatments, however, focus on managing it as a psychological condition similar to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Symptoms of …

Understanding Trichotillomania

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Trichotillomania is a type of impulse control disorder, where sufferers have the uncontrollable urge to pull out their hair. Hair-pulling typically occurs on the scalp of the head, though it is not uncommon for sufferers to target other regions of the body, such as the arms, eyelids and eyebrows. Common Causes of Trichotillomania There are two varying degrees of awareness …

Trichotillomania: A Perplexing Disorder That’s Surprisingly Common

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When it comes to mental health disorders, the most common one’s people know about are depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia. Despite those disorders being common, they are still misunderstood by those who have never experienced them. Trichotillomania is a surprisingly common disorder, but is a perplexing one that not well known. What Is It? Trichotillomania is classified as an impulse control …

Trichotillomania: The Causes and Symptoms Hair-Pulling

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Playing with one’s hair is a common habit exhibited by many people whether young or old. Some twirl a small lock around their finger or push their hair behind their ears out of mere habit. In most cases, this behavior is no cause for concern. In other cases, hair-pulling can actually lead to hair loss and balding. In fact, not …