Five Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women, Part 5: Trichotillomania

Trichos derives from the Greek, meaning hair, with trichotillomania being the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair. The action of pulling or tugging can lead to noticeable breakage, hair of varying lengths, and hair loss, and has been strongly associated with stress, anxiety, and depression, though other events can also trigger it.

The most common age of onset of hair-pulling is during preadolescence. It affects approximately 3.5 percent of females, though its prevalence is likely higher as many individuals may feel too embarrassed to seek support.

Increased awareness of trichotillomania has grown, however, with treatment options and support groups available which have been life-changing for many. Check out: www.trich.org

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