Trichotillomania

Common Name(s)

Trichotillomania, Hair-pulling syndrome

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by chronic, repetitive, or compulsive hair pulling resulting in noticeable hair loss. The activity causes distress to the individual and often interferes with functioning. Affected individuals may develop physical complications and often have overlapping psychologic disorders, such as Tourette syndrome (GTS; {137580}) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD; {164230}) (review by {4:Novak et al., 2009}).
 

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International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Trichotillomania Learning Center

The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

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Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Trichotillomania Learning Center

The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.

http://www.trich.org

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Trichotillomania" returned 51 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Trichotillomania: a good response to treatment with N-acetylcysteine.
 

Author(s): Livia Ariane Lopes Barroso, Flavia Sternberg, Maria Natalia Inacio de Fraia E Souza, Gisele Jacobino de Barros Nunes

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;92(4):537-539.

 

Trichotillomania is considered a behavioral disorder and is characterized by the recurring habit of pulling one's hair, resulting in secondary alopecia. It affects 1% of the adult population, and 2 to 4.4% of psychiatric patients meet the diagnostic criteria. It can occur at any age ...

Last Updated: 27 Sep 2017

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Pathological grooming: Evidence for a single factor behind trichotillomania, skin picking and nail biting.
 

Author(s): Aniko Maraz, Borbála Hende, Róbert Urbán, Zsolt Demetrovics

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Although trichotillomania (TTM), skin picking (SP), and nail biting (NB) have been receiving growing scientific attention, the question as to whether these disorders can be regarded as separate entities or they are different manifestations of the same underlying tendency is unclear. ...

Last Updated: 13 Sep 2017

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Trichotillomania: a case report with clinical and dermatoscopic differential diagnosis with alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Ana Cecília Versiani Duarte Pinto, Tatiana Cristina Pedro Cordeiro de Andrade, Fernanda Freitas de Brito, Gardênia Viana da Silva, Maria Lopes Lamenha Lins Cavalcante, Antonio Carlos Ceribelli Martelli

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;92(1):118-120.

 

Trichotillomania is a psychodermatologic disorder characterized by uncontrollable urge to pull one's own hair. Differential diagnoses include the most common forms of alopecia such as alopecia areata. It is usually associated with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Trichotillomania ...

Last Updated: 22 Feb 2017

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The terms "Trichotillomania" returned 11 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Treatment options for paediatric trichotillomania].
 

Author(s): G Landuyt, B Dierckx, P F A de Nijs, G C Dieleman

Journal: Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2016 ;58(6):463-70.

 

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a psychiatric condition that first manifests itself in infancy and adolescence. If untreated, the condition can become chronic. TTM places a considerable burden on the individual patient. The condition is often linked to social isolation and the emergence ...

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2016

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Trichotillomania and trichophagia - diagnosis, treatment, prevention. The attempt to establish guidelines of treatment in Poland.
 

Author(s): Marta Gawłowska-Sawosz, Marek Wolski, Andrzej Kamiński, Piotr Albrecht, Tomasz Wolańczyk

Journal: Psychiatr. Pol.. 2016 ;50(1):127-43.

 

Trichotillomania is a disorder characterised by inability to control over pulling own hair from various parts of a body resulting in noticeable hair loss. Due to its long-term, progressive course, untreated trichotillomania can lead to disturbances in the functioning of patients and ...

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2016

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Diagnosis, evaluation, and management of trichotillomania.
 

Author(s): Douglas W Woods, David C Houghton

Journal: Psychiatr. Clin. North Am.. 2014 Sep;37(3):301-17.

 

Trichotillomania, or chronic hairpulling, is a common condition that affects primarily women. The disorder can cause significant psychosocial impairment and is associated with elevated rates of psychiatric comorbidity. In this article, the phenomenology, etiology, assessment, and ...

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2014

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Cognitive Training in Patients With Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling Disorder)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Trichotillomania

 

Last Updated: 8 Jun 2016

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Milk Thistle in Trichotillomania in Children and Adults
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Trichotillomania; Hair Pulling Disorder

 

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2017

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