What is Trichotilomania?

Hair loss is a difficult topic, any form of hair loss is traumatic; if you are losing your hair to a medical condition or just because of your genetic make-up is one thing. What does it mean if you are pulling out your own hair?

Trichotilomania is a condition where you actually pull out your own hair; it can be in patches and is more likely to be on the head. However, dealing with this condition, even admitting that you are pulling your hair out, is a difficult one.

There is a feeling of shame attached to the condition, often the hair pulling happens in secret or it is covered with hair styles and hats to prevent people seeing what you are doing to yourself. However, there are times when a person isn’t aware they are pulling out their own hair, you can even do this when you are asleep.

Understanding that this is a medical condition is the first step. Often people feel they are alone with the condition and that no one will understand as to the reason for the pulling of their own hair.

It is stress induced and can happen at any age. Children can suffer this condition and when they are young, it is an equal split between the girl or boy divide. However, as they age, the girls continue on this path and become leaders in the condition compared to boys.

There is no cure for this condition. However, it is possible for those people who suffer from this illness to know there is hope and treatment, which can help control the compulsion to pull out their own hair.

One of the best types of therapy is talking or cognitive therapy, it is about understanding why a person feels the need to pull and what feelings they are using the hair pulling to hide. Whilst many people might think this therapy isn’t for them, it has a great success rate with a number of different conditions, which relate to the mind.

Talking therapy is one of the best treatments that you can find; it allows a person to understand what makes them behave in a certain way and it is possible to work out triggers, which can set off an episode. If management techniques are in place, it can prevent the action from starting.

Some medications that work for some of the sufferers; they are in the category of SSRI and SRI. These are both in the family, which helps many people with mental illnesses and they can help with treating trichotillomania. This medication helps many people who are suffering from depression and taking the medication isn’t going to have a negative impact on your life; it might help repair some of the feelings and make you feel normal.

Therefore, while many people with trichotillomania want to hide the condition and not admit they have a problem. It is an illness for which there is help available. It is not something you should leave untreated because of feeling embarrassed amount mentioning the problem, there is help out there.

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