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Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania involves the irresistible urge to pull out one’s hair from their scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or other parts of their body. The cause is unknown but it can be triggered by a stressful event. Trichotillomania typically develops in adolescence and can be a lifelong problem. Young boys and girls are equally affected in childhood. It can be successfully treated with medication and psychotherapy.

Helpful Websites

Trichotillomania Learning Center
Mayo Clinic
WebMD

Books for Parents & Caregivers

The Hair Pulling Problem
By Fred Penzel

What’s Happening to My Child: A Guide for Parents of Hair Pullers
By Cheryn Salazar

Stay Out of My Hair
By Suzanne Mouton-Odum & Ruth Golomb

The Hair Pulling “Habit” and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle, Revised Edition
By Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek