Trichotillomania is characterized by an overwhelming urge to repeatedly pull out one’s own hair, resulting in repetitive hair pulling and subsequent hair loss. The hair on the scalp is most often affected. The eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard can also be affected.
Can trichotillomania cause your hair to fall out?
Trichotillomania is a traction alopecia related to a compulsive disorder caused when patients pull on and pluck hairs, often creating bizarre patterns of hairloss. In long term case of trichotillomania, permanent hairloss can occur.
Can trichotillomania go away?
Trichotillomania usually develops just before or during the early teens — most often between the ages of 10 and 13 years — and it’s often a lifelong problem. Infants also can be prone to hair pulling, but this is usually mild and goes away on its own without treatment.
How does trichotillomania affect the body?
Psychological Effects – Trichotillomania will have a tremendous impact on your mental health, particularly if it is left untreated. Some of the psychological effects that may be experienced include: Low self-esteem or poor body image due to hair loss and skin damage. Increased feelings of depression or anxiety.
How can I stop pulling my hair out?
Things you can try yourself
- squeeze a stress ball or something similar.
- form a ball with your fist and tighten the muscles in that arm.
- use a fidget toy.
- wear a bandana or a tight fitting hat, such as a beanie.
- come up with a saying that you repeat out loud until the urge to pull passes.
Why am I addicted to pulling my hair out?
Trichotillomania is a type of impulse control disorder. People with these disorders know that they can do damage by acting on the impulses, but they cannot stop themselves. They may pull out their hair when they’re stressed as a way to try to soothe themselves.
How long does it take pulled out hair to grow back?
On the bright side, in four to eight weeks of not pulling, a full set can grow out. Follicle damage is usually not permanent and can take about two to four years to recover while waiting for the new, “normal” hairs to grow from the healed follicle.
What it feels like to have trichotillomania?
For people with trichotillomania, resisting the urge to pull out their hair feels as hard as resisting the urge to scratch a very itchy itch. Some people say that the urge to pull starts with a feeling in their scalp or skin, like an itch or a tingle. Pulling the hair seems like the only way to get relief.
What is the best medication for trichotillomania?
Several studies have examined SSRIs in treating trichotillomania and skin picking. The SSRIs include: fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), and paroxetine (Paxil). These medications are FDA-approved for the treatment of depression or OCD or both.