Trichotillomania is sometimes referred to as 'trich' or TTM and describes the urge a person experiences to pull out their own hair. This can be hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyes, pubic area or chest. As with many issues, it can range from minor to extreme. In minor cases, a person may feel compelled to pull out the occasional hair. However, in extreme cases, the behaviour can become all consuming and can result in noticeable and significant hair loss. Trichophagia is the term for eating hair and this can result in serious gastrointestinal problems
Quite frequently, the hair pulling is related to stress and it is very important to get treatment as soon as possible and before the behaviour becomes chronic.
Trichotillomania can be described as a habit, a compulsion an impulse control disorder
or an obsessive compulsive disorder. Some therapists categorize trichotillomania
There is no medical treatment for trichotillomania. Once diagnosed, a GP will refer a patient to a hypnotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.
People can develop their own cues and associations that trigger the hair pulling
and it is essential to develop awareness that prevents this automatic response. With
some people, a heightened awareness and increased understanding of their own behaviour
is all that is needed. Other people can experience significant relief from a range
of techniques such as embedding an alternative response during trance-
Hypnotherapy is client-
Professional Hypnotherapy. Nationally registered Hypnotherapist.
54 Campo Lane, Sheffield. S1 2EG.