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Why do some people pull their hair out?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People who are constantly pulling their hair out may be suffering from a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. This habit - called trichotillomania - keeps happening because the puller is always searching for the perfect "pull." This behavior is sometimes called a "body-focused repetitive behavior," as is nail biting and skin picking. Seeing a doctor can be the first step in treatment. In addition to treating the trichotillomania itself, the physician may recommend that the person take measures to make hair-pulling harder to do, such as wearing gloves at night, or keeping a rubber band handy so the person can play with that instead of their hair follicles. Other treatments may include medication for depression or anxiety.
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