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The main component of Trichotillomania is continued hair pulling. The hair pulling can be from any region of the body and may vary over time. The individual may attempt to hide the hair loss or there may not be hair loss, as the individual may move from one area of the body to the next before noticeable hair loss occurs. The pulling can occur in brief episodes through the day or in a sustained period of time. A focus on pulling a certain type or texture of hair may be present as well.

Trichotillomania Disorder is characterized by recurrent pulling out of one’s hair which results in hair loss. There are also repeated attempts to stop or decrease the hair pulling. It should be noted that not all hair loss will be visibly evident. The hair pulling causes significant distress or impairment in daily functioning and is not attributable to another mental health disorder or effects of a substance.

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Youtube – Refinery 29 – Trichotillomania is More Common Than You Think

 

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