Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder)

Trichotillomania is a mental disorder that causes people to compulsively pull out their hair. It’s typically associated with anxiety and stress, so the best way to reduce the chances of developing Trichotillomania is by trying to avoid feeling overwhelmed or stressed. There are also surgical treatments available if you can’t get it under control on your own.

Hair pulled areas in trichotillomania %

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Diagnostic criteria for trichotillomania according to DSM-IV

ANoticeably, resulting in hair loss plucking one’s own hair over and over again.
BBefore or against this behavior plucking growing tension as he attempted have a sense of
CGetting pleasure, satisfaction or relaxation while tiring hair
providing.
DThis disorder is better with another mental disorder
it is inexplicable and does not depend on a general medical condition.
(for example, a dermatological condition)
EThis disorder is either a clinically significant distress or social,
in professional areas or an important area of functionality
causes deterioration.

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 May 27, 2021 by Marilyn Walker

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