The beginning of a new school year can bring on a mix of emotions—it is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. If you are a college freshman or recently changed schools, this time of year may even be a little daunting. For some people, stress can be very overwhleming and they develop unhealthy or destructive coping mechanisms. While there is no known definitive cause for trichotillomania, there is evidence that stress can be a major trigger for the onset of compulsive hair pulling. Hair pulling is often reported to provide a sense of release from tension. According to Mental Health America, about 1-2% of adults and adolescents suffer from the disorder, recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as related to Obessive Compulsive Disorder. Hair pulling can be triggered by stressful events, even something as seemingly routine as the new school year.
Trichotillomania is a condition in which the affected person compulsively pulls their hair out. Studies show that many Trich sufferers suffer from problems with interpersonal relationships. They may avoid social activities like swimming, haircuts, and relationships. Many Trich sufferers suffer from low self esteem, shame, feeling unattractive, depression, and secretiveness. While you may feel alone if you have Trich, it is important to know that it is thought that it is believed 4% of the population has Trich.
When most people say, “I want to pull my hair out!” it is associated with frustration. For some, it is not a saying to illustrate their frustration; it’s an uncontrollable urge they cannot ignore. If you or someone you care about is suffering from trichotillomania or dermatillomania, you may be looking for answers - What it is, if it’s a real disorder or not, what causes it, and what's the treatment. First, you should know that whether you’re a loved one or someone suffering from either of these, you are not alone. These disorders are classified as obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCD-R) and described as body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB).
No woman would ever want to look at themselves in the mirror and see bald patches. Yet, this is what some women who pull their hair out compulsively have to experience, living with the knowledge that they have caused that damage to their own hair. This condition, known as trichotillomania can cause guilt, shame and a reluctance to be seen in public and results in many attempts to cover up the bald patches. Victoria, a young woman living in Scotland experienced this shame since she started pulling her hair out at the age of 14, after the death of her stepfather.
Trichotillomania is classified in the DSM5 as an obesessive compusive and related disorder and is a condition where some individuals start to pull out their body hair. The person likely targets pulling the hair on the head, beard, mustache, eyelashes, or eyebrows. This disorder leaves patchy areas of hair loss and is apparent to those they come in contact with. Causes for compulsive disorder varies with some pulling when they are stressed or anxious, while others pull when they are bored or relaxed. Trichotillomania can be be a debilitating disorder consuming the individual's every day life. Trichotillomania is also grouped with other similar disorders like compulsive skin picking and nail biting under the umbrella term Body focused Repetitive Behaviors or BFRB.
Homeopathy for Trichotillomania
Two mental health disorders that gain attention, especially among young teenaged girls, are anorexia and trichotillomania. While these are first noticed most often in teenage girls, either or both can be experienced by anyone, male or female, at nearly any age. Traditionally, anorexia was experienced more my girls, but an increasing number of young men are now being recognized. Trichotillomania affects both boys and girls equally when they are young, but for those who don't get treatment and continue into adulthood, the majority is women. What are these two disorders and are they in some way connected? Few studies have been done addressing this issue, but what is available may help in the treating of both disorders. In this article, we will explore the two disorders, seek any connections and discuss treatment.
A recent study suggests that the use of n-acetylcysteine has had a remarkable effect in treating trichotillomania or hair-pulling syndrome in two patients. One patient, a 30 year-old female, saw the hair pulling behavior subside within two months. The second patient, a 14 year-old girl, stopped pulling her hair within two weeks. The n-acetylcysteine showed no side effects and seemed to be well tolerated and effective.
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