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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Repetitive Hair Twirling

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I can't stop twirling / twisting my hair. My wife does not like this and is very annoyed. I feel like i can't control it tho. What can this be?

I can't stop twirling / twisting my hair. My wife does not like this and is very annoyed. I feel like i can't control it tho. What can this be?

Hair twisting: Hair twisting and pulling are body focused repetitive disorders. http://tinyurl.com/nyghsla they may be associated with anxiety, boredom, and sometimes ocd -- but are treatable with behavioral therapies such as habit reversal and stimulus control. You'll need a therapist trained in these approaches -- many are listed at http://www.Trich.Org/ good luck! ...Read more

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Trichotillomania! is that twirling your hair?

Trichotillomania! is that twirling your hair?

And then some....: Trichotillomania as an impulse control disorder. It involves repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off. ...Read more

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Is this considered minor OCD to just twist and twirl hair?

Is this considered minor OCD to just twist and twirl hair?

Ocd?: It can be a number of things, such as a mannerism, a habit, an expression of anxiety or stress or compulsive behavior. One thing to consider is whether this hair twirling is causing you any discomfort or whether it negatively affects your life or functioning. ...Read more

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How can I stop scratching my scalp and twirling hair, its like a habit.?

How can I stop scratching my scalp and twirling hair, its like a habit.?

Does it itch?: If your scalp itches, you may have seborrheic dermatitis (a dermatologist can tell you if you do, and give you treatment for it). Twirling hair is a habit, as you said -- not the worst habit in the world, but if bothers you, try cutting your hair short enough that you can't twirl it. ...Read more

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I twirl my hair all the time when i'm bored. Will i eventually get bald?

I twirl my hair all the time when i'm bored. Will i eventually get bald?

Unlikely: If you twirl with no pressure on the hair root, then this is a harmless activity. Prolonged tension on the root of the hair has been known to inhibit hair growth in some people and repeated hair pulling can also do this. So twirl away but don't pull on the hair at its attachment. ...Read more

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I have had some ear pains. I twirl my hair and put it in my ear. could I have a brain parasite? I also pick my head til it bleeds. can I catch a bug?

I have had some ear pains. I twirl my hair and put it in my ear. could I have a brain parasite? I also pick my head til it bleeds.  can I catch a bug?

Worry & Rituals: The worry and rituals you mention suggest more of a behavioral issue such as POSSIBLE Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions and then a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in OCD to see if that is the case. Peace and good health. Lots of reasons to be hopeful. ...Read more

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Sudden vertigo attack <2 sec. Feels as if inside of head did a twirl. Can this still be BPV if it happened without head movement? Normal physical

Sudden vertigo attack <2 sec. Feels as if inside of head did a twirl. Can this still be BPV if it happened without head movement? Normal physical

Vertigo is: concerning if it becomes recurrent or severe. Occasional vertigo is not uncommon, especially with upper respiratory infection or pressure changes. If it is severe or persistent, see a doctor for appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Concerned : Using the head to crawl is unusual, especially when combined with abnormal head movements. An evaluation of motor strength and unusual muscular tone is warranted. A general pediatrician should be able to perform the initial exam and determine if further work up or referral is necessary. ...Read more

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My ankles continuously crack when i walk or twirl them. It doesn't cause pain but it makes a loud sound and its been happening for a while. What is it?

My ankles continuously crack when i walk or twirl them. It doesn't cause pain but it makes a loud sound and its been happening for a while. What is it?

Unknown: I don't believe anyone knows for sure what exactly causes certain joints in the body to crack or pop. Theories include snapping of tendons or negative pressure in the joint fluid pulling in nitrogen gas. If it begins to be painful, i would then suggest evaluation by a physician. Simply popping the joints in the absence of pain won't cause any long term problems. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 8 month old to twirl one wrist. It's not all the time and she is hitting all her milestones.

Is it normal for 8 month old 
to twirl one wrist. It's not all the time and she is hitting all her milestones.

Probably ok: If she is making all of her other social, motor, fine motor and speech milestones then this is probably fine. She should be able to transfer an object from hand to hand. What are you most worried about? Any family history of developmental delay? A friend with a baby with cerebral palsy? Concerning Birth history? Be sure and discuss with your pediatrician at the 9 month visit. ...Read more