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What exactly happens when a person suffers from the mental disease tricotillomania?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Hair is pulled out

Trichotillomania is a mental illness in which people pull out their hair, resulting in noticeable hair loss.
This could be hair of the head, eye brows, eye lashes, or anywhere. They experience a tension before pulling out the hair, and gratification, pleasure, or relief when pulling it out. The problem is quite distressing to them. It is treated as an impulse-control disorder.

In brief: Hair is pulled out

Trichotillomania is a mental illness in which people pull out their hair, resulting in noticeable hair loss.
This could be hair of the head, eye brows, eye lashes, or anywhere. They experience a tension before pulling out the hair, and gratification, pleasure, or relief when pulling it out. The problem is quite distressing to them. It is treated as an impulse-control disorder.
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