trichotillomaniaHave you been pulling your hair out more than usual? Are you experiencing a rare feeling of anxiety that’s triggering you to pull out your hair? Hair loss can be devastating when it comes as a mystery. It can significantly mess with your occupational and social functioning. Trichotillomania, also known as the hair-pulling disorder, is a condition that involves a recurrent, irresistible, urge to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows, beards, and even eyelashes. It’s a rare mental disorder that causes full or partial removal of hair leading to varying patches on the affected skin.

What are the Symptoms?

This condition is classified under “Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders” in the DSM-5 diagnostics criteria. These symptoms may indicate that you are suffering from trichotillomania;

recurrent hair pulling that results in massive hair loss

numerous, unsuccessful attempts to stop the behavior

biting or chewing the pulled-out hair

significant social distress

anxiety before or after hair pulling

relief after pulling out hair

increased tension before pulling hair

Pulling of hair can be either automatic or focused. In rare situations, people suffering from it may resort to pulling hair from their pets or even dolls.

What Causes Trichotillomania?

This is a rare condition and the cause is somehow unclear. However, anxiety and a combination of both environmental and genetic factors may lead to this situation. Below are some of the leading causes;

Stress and Trauma

Have you encountered a traumatic event in the past? It might be the reason you are experiencing this mental disorder. High-stress levels trigger this condition if not well-managed.


Unlike other disorders that commence at a late age, trichotillomania occurs at an early age of 10-13. People are likely to experience it at the onset of adolescence.

Mental Disorders

Some mental conditions, such as depression or anxiety, might lead to trichotillomania.

Effects of Trichotillomania

You are likely to suffer from permanent hair loss, skin damage, and infections or massive hair loss and skin damage which might lead to self-esteem problems.

How Can You Treat Trichotillomania?

Starting treatment and therapy as soon as symptoms appear, is the best way to treat it. Stress management might also be the causative agent from trauma or stress.

The Bottom Line

Trichotillomania is a rare condition that affects individuals due to anxiety and stress. However, with the right diagnosis and therapy, combating it might prove less difficult.

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