Treatment Options for Trichotillomania

Unlike the other diseases we’ve recently detailed on our blog, today we’re going to discuss a mental ailment. Trichotillomania is a mental disorder that can result in patchy bald spots on the scalp and hair loss on other parts of the body. As such, the emotional and social effects of the disease are often debilitating.

Also known as hair-pulling disorder, trichotillomania causes a repeated, irresistible urge to pull out one’s own hair. This is not limited to the hair on the head, but can also include eyebrows or hair on other parts of the body. People with trichotillomania are unable to stop themselves from pulling out their hair, despite wanting and trying to.

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There is no known cause for trichotillomania, but certain factors – such as age, family history and stress level – may increase the risk of diagnosis. Some infants engage in hair-pulling, but it usually goes away naturally as they age. Pre-teens between 10 and 13 are most likely to be diagnosed with trichotillomania, and people with a family history of the disease tend to be more prone to the disease.

Trichotillomania varies in severity – often, it is mild and manageable, but in many cases, the need to pull out hair is severe and overpowering. Some people pull hair intentionally, as a way of dealing with stress and tension. Many have elaborate rituals for hair-pulling. Alternatively, some people pull out hair automatically, without realizing that they’re doing it. This often occurs during times of boredom or inactivity.

There are treatment options, including therapy and antidepressants or other medications. Often, the loss of hair can lead to additional stress, making it important to treat the hair loss in addition to the underlying disease. Wigs or hair systems, as well as rejuvenation and micro point solutions may help to relieve some of the emotional impact of trichotillomania.

If you’re suffering from trichotillomania, get in touch with our discrete Minneapolis hair restoration salon to discuss your options.

Hair Loss 101: Causes and Symptoms

What are the Main Causes and Symptoms of Hair Loss?

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Hair loss is not a fun side-effect to have to deal with and can cause many of us to become self-conscious about our appearance. However, most of us will not be able to avoid it, either early on or when we get older. There are many different types of hair loss as well as causes. Some are inevitable but some can be prevented and treated. Here are the main causes and symptoms of hair loss:

Hair Loss Causes

Family history – Hair loss is inherited in most cases, also known as male or female-pattern baldness.

Stress – This could be from physical stress from surgery or an injury, an illness or emotional stress.

Chemotherapy – This powerful medicine destroys cancer cells but also the cells that help you grow hair.

Physical damage – Pulling on your hair too tightly from ponytails or braids can cause loss. Using curling irons or straighteners too often, as well as coloring your hair can damage it as well.

Age – The older you get, the less your hair will grow naturally. Your hair will get thinner and tends to break more often.

Poor diet – Protein and iron are big building blocks for growing your hair. Any deficiencies in these two will have cause you to lose hair.

Thyroid disease – Most commonly hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism will play a big part in hair loss as well, also combining with stress and diet.

Hair Loss Symptoms

Your symptoms will depend on the type of hair loss you have. Thinning hair happens over time, so you will probably not notice them falling out. If you hair is shedding, you will lose your hair in clumps that fall out. You may notice hair on your pillow after sleeping, or excessive hair in your brush or shower. A general loss of hair would cause you to lose hair all over your scalp, but focal hair loss is in just one area. Inherited hair loss will cause bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs. We offer various products that will aid in your treatment including volume solutions and professional strength products.

What are the Causes of and Treatments for Trichotillomania?

Understanding Obsessive Hair Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania)

Hair-pulling, or trichotillomania, is a repetitive behavior of pulling out one’s hair, most commonly on the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes. Here are some symptoms of trichotillomania, as well as causes and treatments from  Mentalhealthamerica.net.

Trichotillomania is categorized as a medical illness as well as an obsessive compulsive order. It usually starts in adolescents, ages 9-13, peaking around 12 and 13 years old. It may be caused simply from stress or boredom, but also as a result of a stressful event such as abuse, a family conflict or death in the family.

Symptoms include:

  • trichotillomania_eyelash_pullingPulling hair resulting in noticeable hairloss
  • Tension right before pulling hair
  • Relief or gratification when pulling out hair
  • Inability to stop, even after repeated attenpts to reduce hair pulling
  • Distress in social or occupational situations
  • Loss of control, embarrassment, shame

This reoccurring disorder does not lead to any dramatic medical problems, but directly affects one’s self-esteem and body image. One might feel ridicule from family and friends, which leads to avoiding relationships or social gatherings. The development can be life-long if not treated. Treatment includes therapy, producing awareness and providing substitute behaviors. Medications are also available which help release the sense of anxiety or stress, which is one of the main causes. Both are recommended for treatment to be most effective.

Hair loss, whether full or partial, can be an emotional experience. Here at d.k. International, we understand how difficult this time can be, which is why we offer personal, confidential, and expert service at our hair loss salon. Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.

3 Solutions For Trichotillomania Sufferers

small__3982668517People with the impulsive hair pulling disorder, trichotillomania, may choose to seek treatment or therapy to deal with their disorder.  However, even though treatment is sought, individuals with trichotillomania may still be suffering from the embarrassment of bald spots caused by their disorder.  There are several options available for trich sufferers who are transitioning into recovery, of which I’ll explain in this blog.

Trich can, for some people, become so bad that their hair pulling is causing noticeable bald spots in their hair.  When treatment is received, the hair pulling may stop, but the bald spots are still there.  Below are three options to help you transition from your excessive hair pulling disorder into recovery:

Micro Point Links

If you have some hairs to work with, MicroPoint Links may be the answer you’ve been looking for to cover up bald spots from trichotillomania.  MicroPoint Links are four Cyberhairs that are attached to one of your existing hairs.  They are great for highly visible areas such as the top and sides of your head.

MicroPoint Panels

If you’re experiencing thinning hair in the back of your head, MicroPoint Panels will work great to bring back the thick look of your hair while your natural hair grows back in.  MicroPoint Panels are attached using a safe adhesive, which is easily removed if need be.  Made out of Cyberhair, they look, feel, and style just like your regular hair.

Hair Support

Excessive hair pulling can damage hair follicles.  If you’ve been a long-time sufferer of trichotillomania, you may need to rejuvenate follicles to get your hair to grow back.  HairSupport by HairMax is a topical solution that cleans the scalp and follicles and stimulates hair regeneration.

Are you currently being treated for trichotillomania?  DK International understands how difficult it was for you to seek treatment in the first place.  In your free one-hour consultation in our private consultation room, one of our experienced and compassionate technicians will educate you on your different hair replacement options.  DK is also understanding about your privacy during this difficult transition in your life.  We’re here to help, so contact us today!  To learn more about the different ways we can help you with your hair replacement, connect with us on Facebook where we share our blog updates!