Trichotillomania is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body, despite trying to stop. As a result, hair pulling from the scalp often leaves patchy bald spots, which causes significant distress and can interfere with social functioning. Some of the common signs of Trichotillomania include repeatedly pulling your hair out, a sense of tension before pulling, a sense of pleasure after the hair is pulled and biting, chewing or eating pulled-out hair.
HOW IS TRICHOTILLOMANIA DIAGNOSED?
There is no specific test for the diagnosis of this condition. The patient may, however be referred to a Psychologist for evaluation and to determine if the signs are of Trichotillomania only.
HOW IS TRICHOTILLOMANIA TREATED?
The main treatment for trichotillomania is a type of behavior therapy called habit reversal training. Basically, this means replacing a bad habit with something else that's not harmful. With this approach, people with trichotillomania first learn to identify when and where they have the urge to pull hair. They also learn to relax and do something else, that doesn't hurt them, as a way to help ease tension when they feel the urge to pull their hair.
DID YOU KNOW?
These individuals usually have a history of childhood rage and associated problems and if not treated, it may lead to criminal behaviour.