Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder)

What is Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling)

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a mental disorder characterized by a long-term compulsion that results in removing one’s hair, commonly known as hair-pulling disorder or compulsive hair-pulling. This happens to such a degree that it is possible to see hair loss. As the hair is cut, a brief positive feeling can occur. Efforts to avoid hair-pulling normally fail. Hair removal can occur anywhere the head and around the eyes are more prominent, though. The pulling of the hair results in pain to such a degree that.

It is a certain disorder in which the individual can travel in a manner that cannot prevent body hair. Even if a person resists this plucking, they often fail to do so, sometimes unintentionally tearing their hair while doing another job (for example, studying, watching movies). This action gives them pleasure, and this sense of pleasure prevails over the negative consequences of this action, and the act of plucking takes place. Afterward, experience a feeling of regret and guilt.

The most common body hairs are hair, beards and eyebrows. Rarely, the hairs of the genital area are. Dermatologists, except psychiatrists, often encounter these patients and refer patients to psychiatrists.

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Antidepressant drugs are effective in treatment. Also psychotherapy is to understand the reasons behind the patient’s action and to find a solution.

Last Updated on December 12, 2020 by Lucas Berg

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