Trichotillomania is an obsessive compulsive disorder where sufferers have an impulse to pull at their hair. People who have the condition might also pull hair from their eyebrows, eyelashes, or pubic area, and the amount of hair pulled out can vary from a few hairs to enough to cause a complete bald patch. Most sufferers tend to stick to pulling hair from one area.
What causes trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania can be caused by stress, boredom, trauma, or it can be a form of addiction. It often starts in childhood or in the teenage years and continues into adulthood.
While Hair Integration Systems and hair replacement might deter the urge to pull the hair, it’s crucial that sufferers receive behavioural therapy, such as CBT, and the emotional support they need to identify and treat the underlying cause.
We’ve had a lot of success with helping our clients’ hair to recover from years of hair pulling; take a look at some of our photos which show some of our clients who’ve successfully beaten trichotillomania. It’s a hard road, but recovery is possible.