Trichotillomania - Stop Compulsive Hair Pulling with Fast Track Hypnosis.
I am sure a lot of people reading this will have at sometime or other heard the expression "they were so worried/ angry / grieving, they were ready to pull their hair out".Hard as it may be to believe, but there is a condition that causes some people to actually pull out their hair, it is called Trichotillomania (pronounced: trik-oh-till-oh-may-nee-ah).
Trichotillomania, compulsive hair pulling, is a type of psychological condition that involves very strong urges to pull out hair.
Doctors originally believed the condition was rare, but it is now estimated to be a chronic habit disorder of over 8 million people, and affects more females than males.
It is surprising that very few Doctors have actually heard of this condition, but over the years I have treated hundreds of people with this problem. People with Trichotillomania pull their hair out at the root from places such as the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or pubic area, in fact anywhere where there is hair on their body. Some people pull large handfuls of hair, which can leave bald patches on the scalp or eyebrows, while others tend to pull one strand at a time.
Trichotillomania isn't just an ordinary habit that a person can easily stop, it's a type of compulsive behaviour giving an overwhelming urge to pull their hair.
People with Trichotillomania may have other compulsive habits, such as nail biting or skin picking, as well as possibly having depression or anxiety.
Two recent clients that I treated both had to seek help for this, as it was affecting their everyday lives. One, a teacher, started pulling the hair just behind her ears, as it could not be noticed. Since she had very long hair she was able to disguise it with great effect, but after a while this developed right across her whole scalp until she had no alternative but to wear a wig.
Another, young girl of twelve had pulled all her eyelashes out and it was now progressing onto her eyebrows. Her friends had started to notice this and were now teasing her about it.
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