Trichotillomania: A Closer Look

2022-02-24T06:28:32-08:00

Some of the most common bodily reactions to stress are teeth grinding or a sleepless night, but the most fascinating reaction is a hair loss disease called trichotillomania. People suffering from this disorder will literally pull their own hair out as a way to temporarily relieve stress. It sounds painful to others but to them it’s comforting. What causes trichotillomania and can someone be cured of it? A person suffering from Trichotillomania (TTM) will not be able to control the desire to pull their hair out. How do you know if you have this disorder? First, your hair loss will become noticeable. Secondly, you will feel intense anxiety before the act or when you try not to pull it out. Lastly, a sense of relief will overcome you after you’ve pulled out your hair. If no other disorder has been diagnosed and your hair pulling becomes disruptive to your daily routine you are suffering from trichotillomania. No one cause of TTM has been determined but it typically falls into the category of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and it has been directly related to all types of stress. The most extreme complications of TTM are agoraphobia or the sufferer may take [...]