Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Trichotillomania: Hair Pulling Manics

Trichotillomania, a hair-pulling condition, is a mental disorder which involves an irresistible urge to pull out hair. This behavior occurs to begin apparent hair loss. The most typical areas for hair pulling are the scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows, but may involve hair anyplace on our bodies.

Trichotillomania is a kind of impulse control disorder. Impulse control disorders are mental illnesses which involve the repetitive failure to face up to impulses, or urges, to act in manners which are dangerous or harmful. Individuals with these disorders realize that they could hurt themselves or others by working on the impulses, but they can't stop themselves.

Symptoms of Trichotillomania can include:

  • Repeatedly pulling your hair out, generally from your scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes, however it could be from other body areas too
  • A strong impulse to pull hair, followed by sensations of relief after the hair is pulled
  • Playing with pulled-out hair
  • Sparse or missing eyelashes or eyebrows
  • Chewing or eating pulled-out hair
  • Rubbing pulled-out hair across your lips or face many people with Trichotillomania pull hair in private and usually try to hide the disorder from others.

Trichotillomania Causes:

The reason for Trichotillomania isn't known. Research into the causes and treatments for TTM is still during the early stages. Preliminary evidence indicates TTM is a neuro-biological disorder and that genetics may play a role in its development. It's also entirely possible that hair pulling may have many different causes, just as a cough could be brought on by many different illnesses.

Treatment for Trichotillomania:

Trichotillomania is often curable through extreme psychotherapy and other many forms of adjunctive treatment for example anti-depressant use and hypnotherapy. Those who have problems with Trichotillomania often hide their disorder and are embarrassed with pulling hair. It often takes many years for sufferers to admit their problem and seek treatment for their obsessive hair puling

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