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How does obsessive compulsive disorder of pulling hair work?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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In brief: Hair-Pulling Problem

Compulsive hair-pulling - trichotillomania- is a body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb), like skin-picking & nail-biting.
"trich" arises in response to (a) emotions like anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement; & (b) detecting an irregularity on scalp. Hair-pulling can feel pleasurable & tends to relieve tension. It can feel frightening to imagine stopping! there are effective treatments. See trich.Org.

In brief: Hair-Pulling Problem

Compulsive hair-pulling - trichotillomania- is a body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb), like skin-picking & nail-biting.
"trich" arises in response to (a) emotions like anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement; & (b) detecting an irregularity on scalp. Hair-pulling can feel pleasurable & tends to relieve tension. It can feel frightening to imagine stopping! there are effective treatments. See trich.Org.
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