Do you pull your hair out? Well if you are thinking that you might have a problem you just might. There is a medical term for hair pulling known as trichotillomania and research into the causes and how the disorder is treated is still in the early stages.
According to some research trichotillomania is a neuro-biological disorder common to many individuals. Though research is limited it is believed that genetics might be one reason you pull out your hair.
If you are unsure about what we mean by hair pulling, let me explain. Hair pulling is just that, yanking out every strand of hair on your head for comfort or pleasure or based on some sort of emotional state.
Some of us including my self do have sort of a ‘happy’ sensation when we find a knot or a lint ball and we are able to get it out.
If you are like me, you will not stop or give up nudging at your hair until the knot is removed once you find it. For me I know that it does not matter what circumstance I am in or what might be going on because the knot will literally ‘bug’ me until it is gone.
With that said just as I am not sure if my insatiable need to remove knots is a part of the body of trich research and I am definitely not in the business of self diagnosis especially since the causes are not yet ironed out.
Why would a person pull their hair out?
Because research is so limited we only have a few answers to that question. One I mentioned which is that it is a way to self soothe.
Typically a person with TTM will do it at home or wherever they are most comfortable because it is soothing. According to Trich.org:
While the underlying biology is not clearly understood at this time, we do know that people with trichotillomania generally have a neurologically based predisposition to pull their hair as a self-soothing mechanism. The pulling behavior serves as a coping mechanism for anxiety and other difficult emotions.
If you pull your hair out when you are stressed or even anxious you could be suffering from trich but you will not know for sure unless you see a professional. Know that trich can start as early as the first year of life but the average age that is recorded for the onset of the disorder is age 11.