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what are the symptoms of trichotillomania?

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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Hair pulling: Trichotillomania involves hair pulling that results in hair loss, and the pulling doesn't stop after hair starts thinning out.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
HAIR PLUCKING: This is an anxiety disorder characterized by plucking out patched of hair. The worse the anxiety, the more the hair gets pulled out. Meds and therapy together can be very effective.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How can someone tell me about trichotillomania?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Hair pulling: This is a psychogenic disorder a little worse than just a bad habit, in which hairs are plucked from various parts of the body. Since the eyelashes and eyebrows are so ready available, they are common sites of hair removal in this disorder. It requires some psychological counseling and occasional pharmacologic support to cause it to stop.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can someone help a person with my trichotillomania?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Psychiatrist: Don't yell at me - i'm not saying you're "crazy", because you are not. If you had a stomach or nerve disorder you would go to a stomach or nerve specialist. When you have a compulsive disorder like trichotillomania, you go to a compulsion specialist, a psychiatrist, who will help you figure out why you are pulling your hair out, and suggest ways to help you stop doing it.
Dr. Alison Segal
General Practice 19 years experience
There are also therapists who are trained in a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy called habit reversal training who can help.
Oct 24, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can I cure my trichotillomania?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Psychiatrist: Don't yell at me - i'm not saying you're "crazy", because you are not. If you had a stomach or nerve disorder you would go to a stomach or nerve specialist. When you have a compulsive disorder like trichotillomania, you go to a compulsion specialist, a psychiatrist, who will help you figure out why you are pulling your hair out, and suggest ways to help you stop doing it. Get the help you need.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for trichotillomania?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Medication: Trichotillomania symptoms can be increased by anxiety, so therapy to manage anxiety can be helpful in diminishing the symptoms. It used to be thought of as primarily an OCD disorder, but is now recognized as a tic disorder. Medications that are effective in treating tic disorders can be very effective.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is trichotillomania?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Pulling ur hair out.: It is an uncontrollable urge to pull or twist your hair out. It is categorized as an impulse control disorder.
Dr. Alison Segal
General Practice 19 years experience
Sometimes people are aware of the "urge" to pull and at times they are highly unaware. This impulsive behavior appears to help individuals regulate their nervous system.
May 22, 2014

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