What is TRICHOTILLOMANIA (hair-pulling disorder)?

Several people have emailed me inquiring about Trichotillomania disorder (better known as ‘hair pulling’) and requesting information. I located the easiest to comprehend and provided the best info on mayoclinic.com.  There isn’t an extensive amount out there about this disorder, however, countless people are afflicted by this.  Hope this helps.


Trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh) is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop.

Hair pulling from the scalp often leaves patchy bald spots, which causes significant distress and can interfere with social or work functioning. People with trichotillomania may go to great lengths to disguise the loss of hair.

For some people, trichotillomania may be mild and generally manageable. For others, the compulsive urge to pull hair is overwhelming. Some treatment options have helped many people reduce their hair pulling or stop entirely.


  • Symptoms
  • Causes
  • Risk Factors
  • When to seek medical advice
  • Tests and diagnosis
  • Complications
  • Treatments and drugs
  • Prevention
  • Lifestyle and home remedies

See Mayoclinic.com to continue…..



6 thoughts on “What is TRICHOTILLOMANIA (hair-pulling disorder)?

    • cherished79 says:

      It is a serious disorder, and one of those that require education to more people. It’s attached to mental illness, so there is possibly some stigma involved. You can’t win sometimes. Thanks for commenting. 🙂


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