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Trichotillomania is a mental illness in which a person feels a
strong urge to pull out his or her own hair. Usually, hair is pulled from the
head, eyelashes, and eyebrows.
Trichotillomania most often occurs in teenage girls. However,
children and adults of all ages and both sexes can be affected.
The exact cause is not known. Contributing factors may include
stressful events, drug abuse, or a chemical imbalance in the brain similar to
that seen in people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Symptoms may include:
Treatment usually involves medicine and psychotherapy.
Current as of:
February 5, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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