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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is trichotillomania?

A psychological disorder where a patient feels a strong, irresistible urge to pull out his/her hair. It can be caused by anxiety, stress, or simply as a habit built up over time.

Symptoms of trichotillomania

  • Hair loss

  • Area of bald skin with unclear edges

Questions your doctor may ask to check for trichotillomania

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose trichotillomania

  • Have you felt that you are losing more hair recently?

  • Is there a poorly demarcated area (fuzzy or unclear border) where the hair is missing?

Treatment for trichotillomania

This is treated mostly with behavioral therapy and redirecting the urge to pull hair. Medication may help for severe cases.

View the symptoms of Trichotillomania

  • Hair loss

References

  • Baczynski C, Sharma V. Pharmacotherapy for trichotillomania in adults. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2020 Aug;21(12):1455-1466. doi: 10.1080/14656566.2020.1761324. Epub 2020 Jul 7. PMID: 32633577.

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14656566.2020.1761324

  • Henkel ED, Jaquez SD, Diaz LZ. Pediatric trichotillomania: Review of management. Pediatr Dermatol. 2019 Nov;36(6):803-807. doi: 10.1111/pde.13954. Epub 2019 Oct 6. PMID: 31588617.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pde.13954

  • Huynh M, Gavino AC, Magid M. Trichotillomania. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Jun;32(2):88-94. doi: 10.12788/j.sder.0007. PMID: 24049966.

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