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.

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!