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Trichotillomania: Pulling your hair out

Two to four percent of the population has trichotillomania, which is the urge to pull hair from your own body. It can be a small thing, like plucking at your beard while thinking. Or a huge thing, like pulling out all of the hair on your head.


Why do people do this?

For some it causes pleasure, for others guilt. For many, it’s similar to the sensation of cutting, with pain and pleasure mixed.


Recurrent pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss.  An increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the hair or when attempting to resist the behavior. Pleasure, gratification, or relief when pulling out the hair. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupation, or other important areas of functioning.


It’s an impulse-control disorder, similar to other obsessions or compulsions.

The term trichotillomania comes from the Greek, meaning “hair pull frenzy.”

Some medication may be helpful, but the most effective treatment is behavior therapy.

Do you know of anyone struggling with this disorder?

In order to treat hair loss effectively we would recommend that you have a diagnosis made as soon as possible by one of our experienced Westminster Trichologists. Stress can be an aggravator in almost all cases of hair loss and an accurate diagnosis will always, at the very least, take some of the stress away from you.

Gary Heron says: “You’ll have access to the most effective treatments available through The Hair Centre and at a fraction of the cost of going to other Private Commercial Clinics and Centres.”

When it’s time to see the Trichologist: If you begin losing hair rapidly, and or are cosmetically concerned about baldness, consult your Trichologist about treatment options. You can receive a free hair loss consultation with a Westminster Trichologist at our Hair Centre.

The point is that you are not getting to the real problem and you should seek specific professional advice from a Westminster Trichologist.

“Why buy hair loss treatments over the counter or on the internet when you can see a Westminster Trichologist for FREE and know that you are guaranteed results”

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 4:40 pm and is filed under ALOPECIA AREATA, HAIR LOSS SCIENCE. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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