Trichotillomania is a BFRB (body focused repetitive behavior) disorder and one that is not very well understood by the public. If you are suffering from this hair pulling disorder, then you might feel like there is nothing out there that can help you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is by far one of the most effective treatments for trichotillomania to date. It is also the form of treatment that is the most widely accepted by scientists and researchers.
Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling disorder, is caused by a large variety of different factors. However, most people with the disorder have a neurologically based predisposition to do it. It works as a self-soothing mechanism, helping to keep them calm when they feel stressed or anxious.
If you find yourself pulling out your hair on a regular basis, you might have what is actually more than just a simple bad habit. Though pulling hair can indeed be a bad habit, in most cases it is rather more serious. It is the mark of a compulsive disorder known medically as trichotillomania.
Rapunzel syndrome is a rare medical condition resulting from trichophagia, the disorder in which one eats their own hair. Rapunzel syndrome and trichophagia are sometimes associated with the hair pulling disorder trichotillomania.
Trichobezoars or human hairballs are complications of trichophagia or eating of the hair. Trichophagia occurs when hair that is pulled out is chewed and then swallowed. The hair will eventually collect in a sufferer’s stomach and will cause stomach problems such as indigestion and pain. Trichophagia is very commonly associated with Trichotillomania.
Trichophagia comes from the Greek words “tricha”= hair + “phagein”= to eat. Trichophagia is defined as compulsive eating of one’s hair. Trichophagia is not when an individual is mindlessly chewing on the ends of their hair, as many young children do when they are bored. Trichophagia occurs when hair is chewed and then swallowed. The hair will eventually collect in a sufferer’s stomach and will cause stomach problems such as indigestion and pain. If severe enough, a person can be given medication to induce vomiting or undergo surgery to remove the massive amounts of accumulated hair.
Trichotillomania – the disorder where a person has a compulsive urge to pull out his or her hair – can be devastating to a person’s life. It can make it hard for a person to be social. It can also make a person feel wracked with feelings of negative emotions. And of course, it could have an extremely negative impact on a person’s physical appearance.