What is Trichotillomania?
In many articles, the various causes of hair loss have already been discussed. These would have to include genetics, stress, alopecia areata, and many more which can lead to problems of hair loss in men and women of all ages.
However, there is also another cause of hair loss that is more than related to genes or stress. It is a disorder whose hair fall is caused by the individual himself as he tends to pull out hair from of his scalp. This condition is called Trichotillomania.
Trichotillomania is otherwise called the hair pulling disorder. It begins to occur among infants as early as 18 months of age but is exhibited at its peak during his teenage years.
It may be recalled that there was news about a girl who had a ball of hair surgically removed from her stomach. She had the disorder. The good thing is that only a very small portion of the population is affected by this.
To be specific, it only accounts for 0.6 percent of the entire globe’s population. But still, it needs hair loss cure methods.
Here are some more information about Trichotillomania:
1. It is a form of self-harm and may affect people who are exposed to excessive stress, bullying, depression, harassment and relationship issues over extended periods of time.
2. The satisfaction that people with this disorder get is relief which is brought about by the release of endorphins after the hair is pulled out.
3. It can also be caused by behavioural and biological factors; however, the exact cause has not yet been discovered.
4. It is also said that brain chemicals and impulse control disorders also have some link to Trichotillomania.
The possible implications of Trichotillomania include infection, skin damage, and permanent hair loss.
And with the patches of bald hair, this hair loss can also cause the person to feel rejected in the society.
What are the signs and symptoms of Trichotillomania?
1. Repeated pulling out of hair from the scalp, pubic area, and eyelashes
2. Strong urge to pull hair which feels rewarding afterwards
3. Missed eyebrows and bald patches on the scalp
4. Rubbing of pulled out hair on the lips or face
5. Playing, chewing, and swallowing of pulled hair
What are the risk factors?
Those who are more prone to suffer from Trichotillomania include those with a family history (it can be inherited).
Also, children aged between 11 and 13 years old are likely to be more prone to it, as well as both men and women.
It is important to immediately seek help if you notice any friend or family member who suffers from Trichotillomania.
This should be done at the earliest sign of the disorder to prevent it from getting worse which can mean a more tedious treatment procedure.
It is important to always maintain a positive environment for them and assert them so that they will feel good about themselves.
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