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Recently, we talked with Trichotillomania expert Sheila about the hair-pulling disorder. She told us that, as with basically every psychological disease, there are many different symptoms. This can be very confusing for people who may not be sure if they’re struggling with the disease or not. The irresistible urge to pull out hair is the defining characteristic of Trichotillomania, but there are a number of other behaviors that need to be looked out for.

Relief from pulling hair

A main aspect of Trichotillomania is the relief that comes from pulling out hair. People who suffer from the disease feel tension before pulling hair, especially when they try to resist the urge.

Uncontrollable urge

Even if people with Trichotillomania try to resist the urge and not pull at their hair, they may find it extremely difficult or impossible. The urge of pulling hair caused by the disorder is uncontrollable and in most cases requires professional help.

Not temporary

Trichotillomania is a disease that develops over time in most cases. Often, it begins in childhood and continues to adulthood. Trichotillomania is a chronic disease that might get worse or better at different times of life.

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Developing bald spots

Thinning or loss of hair in affected areas can be a result of Trichotillomania. If the urge to pull hair gets really intense and can’t be stopped, bald spots will develop over time.

Trying to hide bald spots

Many dealing with Trichotillomania are ashamed of pulling their hair out and don’t want anyone to notice. They try to hide the signs of the disorder and cover bald spots in order to make sure nobody will ask questions about the disease instead of doing a trichotillomania treatment.

Increases through stress

Research has shown that Trichotillomania symptoms are likely to get worse in times of change, whether negative or positive, that cause stress.

No self-harm

Trichotillomania might seem like a form of self-harm, but people with the disease normally don’t try to hurt themselves. Moreso, the disorder can be compared to tics or rituals.

Book a consultation

If these symptoms accurately describe your behavior, we recommend booking a private consultation with our specialist Sheila. Sheila has worked with Trichotillomania clients for over 10 years and gained a lot of experience during this time. She’ll welcome you to a private room and answer all the questions you might have. If you’re looking for Trichotillomania treatment in New York, we would be happy to welcome you to our professional and experienced salon!

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