What is Trichotillomania?
It is officially classified as an impulse control disorder, along the lines of pyromania, kleptomania, and pathologic gambling.
What are the Symptoms of Trichotillomania?
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Recurrent pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss.
An increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the hair or when resisting the behavior.
Pleasure, gratification, or relief when pulling out the hair.
The disturbance is not accounted for by another mental disorder and is not due to a general medical condition (i.e., dermatological condition).
The disturbance causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.