HAIR LOSS CONDITIONS: SPOTLIGHT ON TRICHOTILLOMANIA


With many different conditions which can cause hair loss, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish which one might be causing your hair to fall out.

As we perform hair restoration in Manchester on a daily basis here at DHI, we see many different people suffering from these varying conditions. We’ve decided to focus our attention on some of these conditions, allowing the public to find out more about why hair loss can occur and also reassure sufferers that they aren’t alone.

This time, we’re going to take a look at a lesser known condition known as Trichotillomania.

What is Trichotillomania?

Accoring to Trichotillomania Support Online, Trichotillomania is a body focused repetitive behaviour in which sufferers pull out hair from their own bodies. This can be from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, legs and sometimes the pubic regions.

Man standing in front of mirror, worrying about hair loss

It is often a very secretive condition, with many sufferers covering up the areas in which they are pulling or covering them up with makeup. Because of this, it can be quite hard for people who don’t suffer from the condition to comprehend why people do it or even understand what the condition actually is.

Why Do People Pull Their Hair Out?

Sufferers of trichotillomania experience extremely strong, often uncontrollable urges to pull out their hair which results in a pleasurable feeling for them when the hair has been removed.

This pulling is often carried out subconsciously; the sufferer doesn’t realise they are doing it. Pulling sessions can heighten in frequency if the person finds themselves feeling stressed, bored or tired.

Housewife and home office woman stressed because of the bills

Trichotillomania can be found in people of all ages and genders, and can quickly become a destructive habit which can be extremely hard to overcome.

What are the Symptoms of Trichotillomania?

As with many hair loss conditions, there are both physical and emotional symptoms which are present in a sufferer.

The main physical symptoms of the condition are:

  • Hair loss which takes place in irregular patches.
  • Complete baldness of an area where there should be hair
  • Sores on the scalp
  • Frequent eye infections in eyelash pullers
  • Twiddling and pulling of hairs.

The emotional symptoms of trichitillomania include:

  • Extremely low self esteem
  • Anxiety with regards to being around people
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Obsession with appearance (often jealousy of other people’s hair)
  • Reluctant to visit the hair dressers.

Although suffering from Trichotillomania can distress and frustrate sufferers to the point where depression may set in, it is possible to cut down and even stop hair pulling.

However, it is important to realise that damage can occur to the extent that some hair may not grow back properly, if at all. That’s where we come in; our hair restoration surgery is a fantastic, non-invasive procedure that can aid people who have become pull-free gain their confidence back with regards to their appearance.

For more information on how DHI Manchester can help you with your hair loss, contact our team on 0161 8393769 today and we will be more than happy to help you.