“You are going to make me pull my hair out!”
Well, let’s be honest, you may get angry or frustrated, but you aren’t going to pull your hair out because of someone.
For some people though, they really do have an urge to pull their hair out. They have a disorder called trichotillomania – or trich – for short. The most common places they pull hair from are the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. This will leave noticeable bald patches.
Depending on who you talk to, there is a debate on how trich is classified. Some say it is an impulse control disorder, some say it is related to OCD, others say it is a body focused repetitive behavior (BFRB).
It can be found in all age groups, including infants! However, most commonly it appears in the tween – teen years.
According to the DSM V the symptoms of trichotillomania are:
There really is no known cause of trich. It is thought to have a neurologically predisposition. It is also thought to occur as a coping mechanism during stressful events. I personally tend to pull out my eyebrow hairs during times of stress when I get anxious. I do not do it all the time though and have learned to cope with it better when I have something to do with my hands such as play with a stress ball. I tend not to notice I am doing it though unless someone points it out. Many people with trich cannot control their urges though.
Some treatment options have been used.
If you want more information on trichotillomania, a wonderful site to go to is http://www.trich.org/index.html
Some other sites that give general information about trich include:
***(There is also another disorder called dermatillomania – this is similar to trichotillomania. It involves skin picking though, where a person will pick at there skin such as scabs until the skin is bleeding. If you would like more information about this, go to: http://www.skinpick.com/dermatillomania.)