Trichotillomania (TTM), also known as hair pulling disorder, is an impulse control disorder characterized by a long term urge that results in the pulling out of one’s hair. This occurs to such a degree that hair loss can be seen. Efforts to stop pulling hair typically fail.
- Trichotillomania is defined as a self-induced and recurrent loss of hair.
- It may lie on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, also encompassing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), nail biting (onychophagia) and skin picking (dermatillomania), tic disorders and eating disorders.
- It is usually confined to one or two sites, but can involve multiple sites. The scalp is the most common pulling site, followed by the eyebrows, eyelashes, face, arms, and legs.
- The disorder may run in families. It occurs more commonly in those with obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Treatment is typically with cognitive behavioral therapy. The medication clomipramine may also be helpful.
- Trichotillomania Fact Sheet [gdrts_stars_rating type=”counselor1stop.resources” id= 20131 ]
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