What is it?
The main feature of trichotillomania is the recurrent pulling out of the individual’s own hair which results in noticeable hair loss. Sites of hair puling may include any region of the body in which hair may grow, the most common sites being the scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes. Stressful circumstances frequently increase hair pulling behaviour, but increased hair puling also occurs in states of relaxation and distraction (e.g. reading a book or watching television). Having pulled out hair from any area of the body, the tension and anxiety that those who live with trichotillomania experience is relieved.
DIY self diagnosisIf you can answer YES to most of the questions it is likely that you are affected by trichotillomania.
- Have you pulled at your hair/nails/eyelashes because of experiencing feelings of anxiety?
- Have you found that the anxiety you experience is relieved by pulling out your hair/picking your skin or nails?
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