Trichotillomania is a hair pulling disorder. This can be hair on any part of the body, such as eyelashes, eyebrows, scalp hair, leg hair and pubic hair. Many people who have Trichotillomania suffer in silence, so it is unclear just how many of those are suffering from this disorder, but it is estimated that up to 10 million Americans have Trichotillomania, most of them women.

Trichotillomania typically begins during adolescence; however, some infants also have this disorder.  In my personal journey, I began pulling as a toddler. Many people who suffer from Trichotillomania will eat their hair.  This can cause a blockage and may require emergency surgery.  Having Trichotillomania can lead to self-esteem and body issues as well.

There is help for those who suffer from Trichotillomania.  There are more and more Trichotillomania Treatment Providers today specializing in Anxiety and Trichotillomania.  

For additional help with Trichotillomania, please visit the Trichotillomania Learning Center.


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