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Hair Loss from Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania, also called the “hair pulling disorder,” is a long-term chronic disorder. Its underlying cause remains unclear but experts believe it’s the result of combined genetic and environmental factors. Without treatment, symptoms can vary in severity over time, whether it’s the span of weeks, months or even years at a time. 

With trichotillomania, hair pulling can be focused or automatic. In focused cases, people pull their hair intentionally to relieve stress or tension. Whereas, in automatic cases, people pull their hair without realization. It should be noted that these cases are not autonomous; the same person may engage in both focused and automatic hair pulling depending on the situation or their mood.

Signs of Trichotillomania

  • Repeatedly pulling your hair out, usually from your scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes
  • An increasing sense of tension before pulling or when you try to resist pulling
  • A sense of pleasure or relief after the hair is pulled
  • Noticeable hair loss, such as shortened hair or thinned or bald areas on the scalp or other areas of your body, including sparse or missing eyelashes or eyebrows
  • Biting, chewing/eating or playing with pulled-out hair
  • Repeatedly trying to stop pulling out your hair or trying to do it less often without success

People with trichotillomania can suffer from scarring or permanent hair loss in areas where hair is pulled. If you can’t stop pulling your hair, talk to your doctor because trichotillomania is a chronic disorder that’s unlikely to improve without treatment.

Hair Replacement Options

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