U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Ormond Beach, FL
A 19-year-old female asked:

What can i do about my hair pulling! no medicine though. this has been an ongoing 5 years ?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 29 years experience
Talk to a therapist: You need a diagnosis as to why you are pulling hair in the first place. Then a good therapist/psychiatrist will design a treatment plan with or without medication and including therapy to help you overcome this.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Trich.org: Chronic hair pulling - trichotillomania- is a body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb). "trich" can arise in response to (a) emotions - anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement; &/or (b) detecting some roughness/imperfection of hair/skin. Hair pulling can feel pleasurable & can serve to relieve tension. There are effective non-med treatments. Learn about trich @ trich.Org & find expert help.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated May 2, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.