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What is Trichotillomania?


“Trich” sufferers tend to pull their hair out in response to stressful or anxiety-inducing situations, feeling a sense of relief after pulling the hair out. Whilst the scalp is a likely source for many sufferers, some pull from beards, eyelashes or eyebrows.

What causes trichotillomania?

It’s unclear as to what causes trichotillomania. For some people, it’s a way of dealing with stress and anxiety and a type of self-harm to seek relief from emotional distress. The condition has been compared to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Between 1 and 4% of people suffer from trichotillomania. Most prevalent in young adults, particularly women, the majority of sufferers acknowledge that they pull their hair. The disorder has also been known to run in families.

What are the signs of trichotillomania?

Sufferers will start to notice that they have bald patches left on their head, often in an unusual shape and usually affecting one side more than the other. Trichotillomania sufferers often pull just one hair at a time, with episodes sometimes lasting hours.

Trichotillomania is known to hugely affect self-esteem. Anxiety and depression are extremely common in trichotillomania sufferers and post traumatic stress disorder is a possibility too. The disorder can lead to other medical complications such as infection, hair, carpal tunnel syndrome and in the case of trichophagia, people with trichotillomania actually ingest the hair that they pull out.

What can I do about my trichotillomania?

Whilst hair loss treatments typically tend to cover patients who have lost hair follicles, it’s a lot harder to offer treatment to someone who pulls their hair out.

At Hair InXs, we offer a solution to trichotillomania sufferers who wish to cover their hair. With treatments that will resolve any issue with thinning hair, our specialists have unbeatable expertise when it comes to offering trichotillomania solutions. Our team can talk to you about your hair and what you would like to get out of our services, before offering a high quality answer to your hair loss.

If you are suffering from hair loss or thinning hair, our friendly specialists can assist with a solution tailored to you. Contact us today on 01628 660527.


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