If this is happening frequently, it’s possible that your daughter is suffering from Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is hair loss from compulsive pulling or twisting of the hair until it breaks off. The term “trichotillomania” was coined to describe the compulsive or irresistible urge that was noticed in some patients to pluck out their hair by French dermatologist, Hallopeau. The term is composed of three Greek words: thrix, meaning “hair;” tillein, meaning “to pull;” and mania, meaning “madness.” In psychiatry, trichotillomania is classified as an impulse control disorder and is considered a treatable condition.
It is different than a single incident or two of pulling one’s hair, but is a repeated action that causes large amounts of hair to be pulled out. This disorder tends to occur in episodes and can be made worse by stress or by relaxation. Behaviors such as nail biting, scratching, or gnawing have also been associated with Trichotillomania. Although there haven’t been any scientific studies to identify the exact number of people with this condition, it is believed that 4% of the population is affected by the disorder. Women are also four times more likely than men to be affected by the disorder, so it’s more possible that this condition may be impacting your daughter. Constant pulling of the hair can result in permanent hair loss, which can only be treated with hair restoration.
If you think your child is experiencing these symptoms, it’s important that they seek medical help in order to stop the damage from being permanent. If you have been diagnosed with trichotillomania or excessive hair loss and would like to learn more about hair restoration, sign up for a free Bosley Consultation.