Trichotillomania is a mental health disorder characterized by the recurrent urge to pull out one's hair, resulting in noticeable hair loss. It is classified as an impulse control disorder and often involves repeated hair pulling from the scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of the body. Trichotillomania is often triggered by stress, anxiety, boredom, or a need for tension release. The act of pulling out hair can provide temporary relief but is typically followed by feelings of guilt, shame, or regret. Individuals with trichotillomania may experience varying degrees of hair loss, ranging from patchy areas to complete baldness in severe cases. Treatment for trichotillomania typically involves a combination of therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to address underlying emotional triggers and develop alternative coping strategies. Additionally, medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be prescribed to help manage associated anxiety or depression. Support groups and self-help techniques can also be beneficial in managing the condition. It is important for individuals with trichotillomania to seek professional help from mental health specialists or therapists experienced in treating this disorder.
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