What is Trichotillomnia?Home / / What is Trichotillomnia?
People with Trichotillomania pull hair out at the root from places like the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or pubic area. There are cases that are so severe which leave these people with bald patches on the scalp or eyebrows. It may be hard to understand why someone would pull their own hair or eyelashes out, or why they wouldn't just stop. But Trichotilomania isn't just an ordinary habit that a person can easily stop. It's a medical condition. It is very much like a compulsive disorder (OCD). This mean that people with the condition feel like an overwhelming urge to pull their hair. People with Trichotillomania also may have other compulsive habits, such as nail biting or skin picking. Some people with Trichotillomania also have problems like depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorders. Compulsive behaviors like Trichtillomania can sometimes run in families. People with this disorder have a serious medical condition. Overcoming hair pulling urges may involve talk therapy, medication or a combination of both. The person learns ways to resist the urge so that it eventually grows weaker and then goes away. A therapist can also help a person regain confidence and self-esteem.