Today's weird health issue is Trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder that causes patients go through hell both psychologically and physically. People with this disorder cannot resist pulling out their hair. But why? Here are more details about this bizarre disorder.
Trichotillomania is the habit of a person pulling out her hair.
The term is composed of three different words; Greek word tricho meaning hair, tillo meaning pulling out and mania is the extreme desire.
Despite being named by a dermatologist, trichotillomania is not classified as a dermatological disease.
Trichotillomania is not limited to pulling of the hair.
This results in the loss of the hair types mentioned above.
Sounds painful, doesn't it? Patients claim the opposite: It is irresistible.
Are these people hurting themselves on purpose by pulling their hair?
Some patients indicate that they feel excruciating pain but still cannot keep away.
An advanced version of this disorder is Trichotillobezoar.
But why does this even happen?
It is important to mention that trichotillomania is actually a symptom, some researchers claim.
This disorder causes failure in social and professional life for the patient.
When does it occur?
What is the treatment?
Trichotillomania can be seen in people who belong to various age groups, ethnicities, nationalities and socioeconomic status.