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

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on February 14, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH

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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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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