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I pull out the hair from my eyelashes and eyebrows and nibble it, it has got to a chronic stage.. Have been to doc no help. Any advice? Thanks
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Keep researching!
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 treatments. Learn about trich @ trich.Org & find expert help. Eating hair= "pica.".

In brief: Keep researching!
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 treatments. Learn about trich @ trich.Org & find expert help. Eating hair= "pica.".
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ? Anxiety
These behaviors can be related to anxiety and other psychiatric disease.
Go see a psychiatrist or psychologist for further evaluation.

In brief: ? Anxiety
These behaviors can be related to anxiety and other psychiatric disease.
Go see a psychiatrist or psychologist for further evaluation.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: Psychologic help
This is a problem mostly in young women called trichotillomania.
Hairs anywhere can be targets but for some reason the eyebrows and eyelashes are the most common - probably because they are so available. This is something for behavior therapy - you probably would benefit from referral to such a counselor. It is not a medical issue and does not respond to medication or surgery.

In brief: Psychologic help
This is a problem mostly in young women called trichotillomania.
Hairs anywhere can be targets but for some reason the eyebrows and eyelashes are the most common - probably because they are so available. This is something for behavior therapy - you probably would benefit from referral to such a counselor. It is not a medical issue and does not respond to medication or surgery.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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