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Cause And Treatment Of Trichotillomania

Research suggests that trichotillomania is associated with genetic vulnerability. Fortunately, evidence-based treatments such as ComB, a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, have proven to be effective in treatment.

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  • April 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

    When I was a child I remembering pulling on my hair; not enough to pull it out but painful all the same. I was being sexually abused at the time and I’m just wondering if you have found any correlation between the two. Even knowing all that I know now about child sexual abuse there are still many questions unanswered, of course.
    Thank you.

    • April 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      There is no significant correlation between trichotillomania and sexual abuse. Also, individuals with trichotillomania do not typically experience the pulling as painful, but rather as satisfying or relieving. It sounds as though your experience is not trichotillomania, but perhaps more along the lines of self-injurious and/or related to the abuse experience. You may consider looking into cognitive behavioral therapy with a psychologist who specializes in trauma.

  • May 31, 2017 at 2:24 am

    i suffer from trichotillomania however there’s hardly any anxiety when i do not give into the compulsions which makes me feel like its very easy for me to stop the hair pulling but now the hair growth is uneven and the associated skin area is bruised and makes me look ugly which is why i give in to the compulsions again and again. do i consult a dermatologist?


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