What is Trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania is an impulsive control disorder causing the patient to have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair, lashes, brows and other body hairs.
Reason Behind Trichotillomania
While there is no scientific explanation for trichotillomania, it is considered an impulsive control disorder in psychology. Experimental and analytical data show that the condition might be genetic or might come up due to chronic depression. It could be caused by emotional, genetic or outside factors, just like most other psychological illnesses.
Who has Trichotillomania?
People of all ages, sexes, races, and socioeconomic classes might be affected by the condition. While there is no significant difference between male and female children number who are suffering from the condition, adult women with trichotillomania are considerably more than male ones. About 1-3% of adults are affected, and of that around 80-90% are women. Turkey has approximately 1.5 million trichotillomania patients. The condition usually begins showing symptoms during pre-pubescent ages (11-13).
Does Trichotillomania Cause Physical Pain?
Most people with trichotillomania claim that they feel a great amount of relief when they pull their hair out. Many say they feel slight pain as they pull, but the impulse is just too strong to deny. People affected by trichotillomania can tear out hundreds or thousands of strands in a day. The repeated actions may cause arm and wrist pain, and the hair roots can get infected and swell up, which usually ends up causing immense aching and pain.
How does special Trichotillomania Prosthetic Hair Work?
As HDC, we have customers who are suffering from trichotillomania. We cut these customers’ hair and attached prosthetics. Because prosthetics are not their own hair, and their actual hair is to short to pull out, patients’ impulses stay under control and eventually decrease when they can’t keep giving into it.