Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)
Do you engage in compulsive hair pulling from a part of your body (e.g., scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area), resulting in hair loss? Have you tried to decrease or stop the behavior, but with limited success? Around 2–4% of the population has trichotillomania. Some people with trichotillomania also mouth or ingest their hair (trichophagia). The cause of trichotillomania is largely unknown; however, recent research suggests there is a genetic predisposition. Trichotillomania may develop due to a combination of environmental, genetic, hormonal, and emotional factors. For some, hair pulling begins or increases during times of increased stress.
Treatment for trichotillomania in Philadelphia:
Dr. Braunstein offers supportive, evidence-based therapy for people with trichotillomania, tailored to their specific needs and preferences. Contact Dr. Braunstein to schedule an initial visit at her office in Center City Philadelphia.
Helpful external resources for trichotillomania: