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Psychiatric Disorders


 

Trichotillomania

 

Category


Impulse Control Disorders

 

Etiology


Typically occurring before adulthood, it has been demonstrated that between one to two percent of college samples have this disorder or have had it in the past.

 

Symptoms


The primary feature of this disorder is the recurrent pulling out of one’s own hair which results in significant hair loss.

 

Treatment


Behavior modification may be the treatment of choice, with the possibility of exploring unconscious issues related to the behavior.

 

Prognosis


Little treatment data is available and studies show that the act of pulling out one’s own hair can dissipate for months, and even years without any psychological intervention.

 

 

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