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Trichotillomania (Pulling and Breaking One’s Own Hair)

Trichotillomania (Pulling and Breaking One’s Own Hair)


It is a mental disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop. It can be witnessed among infants, but the peak age at which it generally starts is from the age of 9-13 years. It is mostly triggered by depression followed by a sense of relief after you pull your hair.

Causes:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma

Symptoms:

  • Repeatedly pulling your hair out – from scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes
  • Increasing sense of tension before pulling
  • A sense of pleasure or relief after the hair is pulled
  • Noticeable hair loss
  • Biting, chewing or eating pulled-out hair
  • Distress at work

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