Trichotillomania is a very powerful compulsion to pull out your hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. And there are several reasons why a person would have the desire to pull out their hair. It could be anything from a reaction to stress to a feeling of pleasure or relief once the hair is pulled. It is often used as a coping skill.
Although trichotillomania is not technically a form of self-harm, it does have very negative side effects. Hair pulling leads to hair loss and balding. In turn, many people with trichotillomania experience low self-esteem, humiliation, and depression. If you are someone who is suffering from trichotillomania, our online therapists at 7 Cups are here to offer a listening ear. No matter who you are or your situation, we provide a safe place where you are heard and cared for.
Trichotillomania is a very complex disorder. The exact cause of trichotillomania is not clear, however, it is likely that it can be derived from both genetic and environmental factors. There are risk factors that can make an individual more susceptible to trichotillomania. These risk factors include:
Stress: Stress can cause a multitude of health problems, and trichotillomania is not an exception. Very stressful events can trigger trichotillomania in an individual.
Genetics: If a family member has trichotillomania, you have a higher risk of developing this disorder.
Hormonal Changes: Trichotillomania tends to develop during puberty--ages 10 to 13--and typically turns into a lifelong issue.
Other Mental Health Conditions: Oftentimes, if someone is experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any other mental health disorder, they are more susceptible to developing trichotillomania.
If you have trichotillomania, it can sometimes feel lonely and like no one understands what you are going through. No matter how tough it gets, our online therapists are here to listen and provide you with the support you need. Start online therapy with us today to begin your path to a healthier life.
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