I am new to this forum and to the knowledge of trichotillomania. I think I am on the spectrum of it (or at list something similar) but I am not sure. I constantly rip the ends of my hair, I seperate my split ends in two but I don't necessarily rip the hair. I don't have patches of hair missing but my hair is significantly shorter in some areas. I have been doing this for years and have felt incredibly misunderstood by my close circle. When it started, they couldn't understand that I wasn't doing it on purpose, that it was something that I just couldn't control and joked or complained about it a lot. I tried talking to therapists about it as well but they never really took me seriously. So finally finding a disorder that resembles what I have and the possibility of talking to people who understand is very exciting. So this is my question : is it trichotillomania if I only rip out the ends of my hair ?