Trichotillomania Causes and Treatment

Trichotillomania (the hair-pulling disorder) is the act of pulling out your own hair due to irresistible urges and is classified as an Obsessive Compulsive psychological condition. Trichotillomania can begin as a coping mechanism for anxiety and gives the sufferer a sense of relief once the hair is pulled. Hair pulling isn’t isolated solely to the scalp and can result in the pulling out of eyelashes, eyebrows and hair from other areas of the body.

What triggers Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is often used as a method to relieve anxiety for those who suffer from an anxiety disorder. As it is classed as a form of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder,  hormone level changes and imbalances can be at the core of the disorder being triggered. Due to this, cases of Trichotillomania mainly affect women in their late teens and early twenties, although anybody can be affected. 

Trichotillomania Treatment

As Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder, treating the condition usually involves cognitive behavioural therapy to ease the effects of anxiety and OCD. Anti-anxiety medication can also be used to ease these effects. 

In terms of covering the effects of Trichotillomania and promoting new hair growth, Optima can help with our laser hair therapy treatment and hair replacement systems. Contact our team today to find the best treatment option for your needs.

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