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Trichotillmania. What is it?. An impulse-control disorder of pulling hair- which means that there is a failure to resist temptation, an urge or impulse that may harm oneself or others. A form of OCD- obsessive compulsive disorder. Honestly , horrid. Diagnosis.
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What is it? • An impulse-control disorder of pulling hair- which means that there is a failure to resist temptation, an urge or impulse that may harm oneself or others. • A form of OCD- obsessive compulsive disorder. • Honestly , horrid.
Diagnosis • Recurring pulling out of ones own hair that results in noticeable hair loss. • Increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the hair or attempting to resist the behavior. • Pleasure gratification or relief when successfully pulling out the hair. • If you have another mental disease, you will not be diagnosed with trichotillomania. • Causes distress and impairment in social, occupational, and other life skills.
Who does it affect? • 1-3% of today’s society. • Affects more girls than guys. • About 80-90% reported cases are women. • All ages. • All socio economic backgrounds and races. • Most common in Caucasian people.
When does it start? • It can start in kids as young as one years old. • Compared to other habits such as nail biting or thumb sucking. • In the same way that kids stop thumb sucking, trichotillomania will eventually stop on its own. • Most common in the pre-adolescent stage 9-13 years of age.
Where do you pull from? • ANYWHERE on the body! If there is hair noticeable and visible, a person with trichotillomania will have the urge to pull. • Most common sites are eyebrows, eyelashes, pubic region, and scalp.
Why do we pull? • Antecedents to pulling have been discovered across multiple phenomenological domains including sensory stimulation, emotions, and cognitions. • Emotions such as tiredness, boredom, anxious, happiness, sadness, anger, and others depending on the person. • We scan for the “right” hair. • Out of place, length and thickness.
How do we pull hair? • We are alone or with people who know about it when we pull the most. • Primary method of hair extraction is with the fingertips. • Also can pull with tweezers, combs, or brushes. • Hair pulling is one at a time.
rituals • Looking at the follicle after pulling. • Running the follicle through your teeth and eating it. • This can cause trichobezaeors. • Not all people do this.
… • I can go on and on about this disease but it is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. • ANY QUESTIONS ?