What is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania TTM, also known as hair pulling disorder; is repetitive pulling out ones hair, from scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes or elsewhere on the body resulting in noticeable hair loss.

The majority of individuals start hair pulling between ages 11-13, the number of male and female in this group are equal.  However, among adult pullers females out number males.

Many people who engage in TTM, find that these behaviors often occur during sedentary activities; lying in bed, reading, listening to lectures in class, and riding in or driving a car.

A very common experience reported by people with TTM is isolation.  They feel isolated, confused, and often ashamed of their behavior.  They don’t want to talk about it and may try to hide the problem.  They are reluctant to seek advice or treatment from professionals.

Although pulling ones hair may seem like a harmless habit.  Hair pulling can result in hair thinning, bald patches or in some cases, extensive baldness that is difficult to conceal.  In addition, individuals who swallow pulled hairs, gastrointestinal distress or even digestive blockage can occur, which can require surgical removal. Seek a doctor if you or your child eats the hair.

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Reference: Treatment Guidelines, Trichotillomania Learning Center