Trichotillomania: What You Need To Know About Impulsive Hair Pulling

People suffering from trichotillomania may be wondering what is causing their hair loss.  A lack of awareness of the condition can be socially uncomfortable, as well as concerning for oneself and close friends and family members.  The purpose of this blog is to explain trichotillomania, the dangers of the condition, and how DK International can help you while seeking treatment.

Trichotillomania (trich) is a condition where people have the habit of pulling body hair out.  Excessive pulling can cause bald spots, resulting in awkward social situations when interacting with those who aren’t familiar with what is causing hair loss.  It may be easy to say to someone with trich, “Just stop pulling your hair”, however it’s not that easy.  As an impulsive disorder, people with trichotillomania are often unaware that they are doing it until it becomes a problem.  The reason behind impulsive hair pulling is different for everyone as some people do it to cope with anxiety, whereas some people with trich are happy, well adjusted people.

It’s not uncommon for people with trichotillomania to accompany hair pulling with swallowing their hair.  This becomes dangerous when entire hairs are ingested.  The human digestive tract is unable to process and pass hair and in extreme circumstances, a hairball may form.  In this case, swallowing hair is extremely dangerous and the hairball causing the blockage may require surgery to remove it.

Are you worried that you or someone you know may have trichotillomania?  Below are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • Inability to resist urges to pull out one’s hair
  • Mounting tension before one pulls
  • Gratification and relaxation when pulling
  • A feeling of relief after pulling
  • Noticeable hair loss
  • Increased distress and/or interference with daily life

If you or someone you know is experiencing noticeable hair loss due to trichotillomania, contact DK International today.  Seeking help from trich can be difficult for those that consider this an embarrassing situation.  DK International’s experienced and compassionate technicians have consulted with many people suffering from impulsive hair pulling and will help you find a solution while keeping your discretion in mind.  Our location and the way we communicate with clients are all meant to keep your condition and association with our hair replacement salon confidential.  Contact DK International today for your free, confidential one-hour consultation.  To learn more about DK International and how we help people experiencing different kinds of hair loss, connect with us on Facebook to find out how we can help you!

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