Stress will always play a huge role in the hardships life brings. It can also cause more severe problems that can turn into depression or disorders, such as Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is classified as an impulse control disorder where individuals pull strands of hair from certain parts of their bodies to find relief from anxiety. The emotional impact from Trichotillomania greatly affects your body’s appearance, social life, and is very time consuming. Though Trichotillomania isn’t a very common disorder, the most major impact that influences the duration of the disorder is the hair loss that causes the sufferer to feel more depressed, anti-social, and ashamed of themselves. A person diagnosed with Trichotillomania usually has
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The severity of the disorder depends on the individual’s resistance to pull their hair when they feel anxious. There are 3 stages of Trichotillomania: early onset, automatic and focused. Early onset Trichotillomania usually occurs in children around 6 years old and is the beginning stage where the child can either find other forms to reduce the pulling and stop the Trichotillomania altogether or it can influence more hair-pulling if the disorder doesn’t wither away within the next year or two. Automatic hair pulling is the next stage, and it’s where a lot of the hair pulling occurs when the individual is unconscious or focusing on something else, like reading, watching television, or sleeping. The worst form of Trichotillomania is focused hair-pulling, because it’s brought on by urges and tension. This form is also said to be associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, because it shares clinical features and treatment response with skin picking and eating disorders.
As the phases of Trichotillomania become worse over time, the amount of hair loss increases as well and make the individual feel more ashamed and less likely to be involved with friends or even family. The scalp is usually the most common place where hair is pulled, so people have been known to cover the bald patches with hats, scarves, or wigs when they go out in public. Study reported participating in fewer social events as well as having lower quality and