Trichotillomania: Compulsive Hair Pulling
Trichotillomania is classified as a repetitive obsessive-compulsive disorder involving repetitive, compulsive hair pulling, typically from the scalp and elsewhere, such as the eyebrows, eyelids, and other areas. Many individuals suffering from trichotillomania have repeatedly attempted to stop pulling their hair with little success.
For some individuals, the urge to pull their hair can be manageable, while others find the urge to pull hair overwhelming. The vast majority of individuals suffering from trichotillomania are women, with a typical female to male ratio of approximately 10:1. The condition is chronic, with symptoms ranging to mild to severe, and has been diagnosed in all age groups.
Trichotillomania can have a major impact on a person’s life, including damage to the hair and skin, emotional distress, embarrassment, and problems in their careers and avoiding social situations.
Treatment & Solutions
Anyone who is experiencing hair loss of any kind should first and foremost consult with their primary care physician and/or dermatologist to determine the cause of their hair loss and carefully follow any medical advice given to them by their doctors.
Regardless of the cause of a person’s hair loss, whether from Trichotillomania, male or female pattern baldness, alopecia areata, trauma, or other causes, hair loss and thinning hair can have a huge impact on a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence, causing many to shun normal social activities and avoid seeking career advancement.
In the case of trichotillomania, natural looking human hair or synthetic wigs can be helpful in helping the individual maintain a normal appearance, allowing them to regain their self-confidence and positive self-image, giving them the opportunity to engage normally in social and professional activities.