Do you find yourself constantly picking and pulling at your hair? If you answered yes, you could very well be suffering from a rare disorder known as Trichotillomania. Although a lot of people, who suffer from this illness, tend to pull at their scalp hairs, many target hairs in different places on their bodies including their pubic area, underarms, beard and even legs and chest. If you’ve picked your hair bad enough to begin developing bald spots, it is time to admit that you have a problem. At this point, it is time to begin seeking treatment for your disorder. Of course, it is important to remember that this is often considered an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Therefore, you will need to react appropriately.
Do You Have It?
Before you begin looking into treatment, it is important to determine whether or not you actually have a problem. While it is possible to visit a doctor to get diagnosed, most people want to be able to avoid this step. Therefore, you should use the list below to help you determine whether or not you’re suffering from Trichotillomania.
- Constantly pulling at your hair, which results in loss of hair.
- Despite attempting to stop, you are unable to and cannot decrease the frequency.
- Your condition is beginning to have a negative impact on your social, career and other important areas of your life.
- You’re beginning to suffer emotionally and are becoming stressed, due to your hair pulling.
- Your condition cannot be explained by another mental or medical condition.
When it comes down to it, there are a variety of different treatment options for sufferers of Trichotillomania. While one specific treatment might be effective for a specific individual, it might be ineffective for someone else. Therefore, you might have to experiment with each, in order to find something that can help you overcome the problem. On the other hand, you might need a combination of these, in order to beat the disorder.
While there are support groups for those suffering from additions and cancer, there are also groups for those suffering from Trichotillomania. This is an extremely important step towards success. These groups will allow you to speak openly about your issues. Of course, the best aspect of this is that everyone within the group will know exactly what you’re going through, since they are also suffering from the same disorder.
Cognitive behavior therapy is commonly used to treat patient of this disorder. It typically attempts to locate triggers that could be causing the patient to pull their hair. The therapy comes up with new and safer ways to deal with these triggers, instead of pulling and swallowing the hair.
When it comes to medications, there is no specific drug that is going to help you overcome your problem. However, there are specific medications that have been able to help some people curb their symptoms. These drugs can help you rest your nerves and stop you from picking at your hair. Of course, it is important to avoid getting hooked on these medications.
Debby Smith is a former suffered of Trichotillomania. She was able to overcome her problem, by attending therapy and a support group.