What is trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is a condition in which people feel an irrepressible urge to pull out their own hair. People may pull hair from their head, eyebrows, eyelashes, arms, legs or pubic area, resulting in patchy bald spots.
Trichotillomania is also known as hair-pulling disorder. It is considered an impulse-control disorder in which people cannot control the urge to pull their hair out.

Trichotillomania can lead to hair loss, distress and social problems. This condition is part of a spectrum of psychological disorders that can be chronic and difficult to treat. It is best to seek medical help and a psychological evaluation to help manage this condition.

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