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Trichotillomania

I've been pulling the hair on my head for the past 5-6 years without realising it's even a disease. Recently I read about it when I was mocked by my friends for getting bald at certain areas. I forget about it when I'm busy or happy and do it all the more when I'm alone or upset or tensed about something. It goes on nonstop for hours at times resulting in thick bunch of hair on the floor and I'm unable to control it. It's like an irresistible urge to find rough hair that itches n pull it off. But along with that comes ample healthy hair. Then comes the phase of regret. I feel sorry for myself looking at older pics with beautiful hair. It's not only affecting me physically but I'm losing my confidence at work or with friends. Get easily irritated n react too often these days when slightly provoked even jokingly. I've ignored it for too long and I'm scared if I let this continue, I'll lose my sanity. Please help!
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Poornachandra Tejaswi S Bangalore | General Physician
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Hello. I can understand its a painful situation for you. The main thing you should know that trichotillomania is a OCD ( obsessive compulsive disorder). In this condition the person suffers from complusion to pull out their hairs from scalp, arms, eyebrows etc.most of the times there will be a history of some emotional destress to the person suffering from it.sometimes people with anxiety, fungal infection can also present with it. If its a fungal infection,it can be treated with the help of dermatologist.You should understand that a person suffering from trichotillomania needs a psychological guidance and counselling to address the issues in that persons life which is responsible for this. Most of the times people avoid consulting a psychiatrist due to social stigmata or they ignore this as a simple issue but this condition can be controlled with the help of a psychiatrist.so kindly consult a psychiatrist for further management.
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