For most of us, Trichotillomania will be an unknown medical condition, however for the sufferer Trichotillomania is nothing short of disruptive to every, single part of their life. It is a condition that is ever present, even when symptoms aren’t and can result in an almost complete loss of hair. So here we take a look at just what Trichotillomania is, what may cause it and how, most importantly, sufferers can learn to deal, and hopefully overcome, Trichotillomania.
Trichotillomania – Just what is it?
Trichotillomania is a medically recognized condition where sufferers feel an urge to pull their hair out. If you’re uncertain as to whether you, or a friend or relative, may be suffering from the condition then it may be worth considering whether the following symptoms are apparent:
- Recurrent plucking or pulling of one’s hair;
- Increased tension prior to pulling one’s hair, with relief felt after;
- No answers provided as yet by any other medical or mental conditions;
- Problems that have emerged as a result of the habit, affecting social, vocational or other areas of personal or business life.
What causes Trichotillomania?
Whilst there are various schools of thought as to what causes Trichotillomania, there is no singular consensus as yet.
Some researchers argue that it is a form of addiction, where the sufferer becomes more addicted with each time they pull their hair out.
Others believe it to be a form of a mental problem. This particular argument has been given weight by the voices of a plethora of psychologists and behavioural specialists, where theories argue that hair pulling may act to relieve stress and/or anxiety.
Finally there may be instances where Trichotillomania is an undisputed form of self-harm, where the sufferer deliberately pulls at their hair to cause injury to themselves, where they may be seeking out temporary relief from emotional distress.
How to deal with Trichotillomania
Seek out support
Seeking out support, both within your personal life from friends and family, as well as from medical professionals, is essential in taking the right steps to overcoming Trichotillomania.
Undergo medical treatment
Your doctor will help you explore potential treatments, which may include:
- Psychotherapy: This is where the sufferer talks through any potential emotional issues that may be leading to their Trichotillomania. In particular your doctor may recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which would help you in addressing your thoughts about yourself and with others as to how you may relate to situations and the wider world.
- Family Therapy: Family therapy goes beyond the sufferer to include help for those around them.
- Medication: There have been medications used in the treatment of Trichotillomania, however none have been subject to clinical trials. Any recommended medication will be accompanied by a talk about the potential benefits and side effects.
Consider wearing a wig if you’re self-conscious
If the appearance of your hair loss bothers you then you may want to consider purchasing either a natural, human hair wig, or an artificial wig made from man-made fibres (with the former of which being the most realistic, but also the most expensive).
You may also qualify for help with purchasing a wig if your prescriptions are subsidised (which will be the case if you’re on certain benefits).
You may also want to begin using an eyebrow pencil or explore temporary eyebrow tattoos if your Trichotillomania affects your eyebrows also.
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