Trichotillomania is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop.is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop.
Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder)
Hair pulling has been around since the beginning of time and was even mentioned in the Bible, in the writings of Hippocrates, and also in Homer’s Iliad
Background and History
The term Trichotillomania is a Greek word and was coined by a French dermatologist, Hallopeau in 1889.
Signs and Symptoms
Repeatedly pulling your hair out, typically from your scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes
A sense of pleasure or relief after the hair is pulled
Shortened hair or thinned or bald areas on the scalp or other areas of your body, including sparse or missing eyelashes or eyebrows
Biting, chewing or eating pulled-out hair
Playing with pulled-out hair or rubbing it across your lips or face
Tests and Diagnoses
Your doctor will first perform an evaluation and this may include:
Evaluating how much hair loss you have
Discussing your hair loss
Eliminating other possible causes of hair pulling or hair loss through testing determined by your doctor.
To be diagnosed with Trichotillomania you must you must meet criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association.