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Or of trichotillomania, the disorder so often co-morbid with OCD that compels me to pull out my hair.
Research on both trichophagia and trichotillomania is limited, but treatment options such as therapy and medication are available.
Only about 30% of people who have trichotillomania will eat their hair, according to medical research, and only about 1% ingest enough hair to cause medical complications or require surgical removal.
Described as a serious complication of trichotillomania — the disorder in which someone compulsively pulls out their own hair — the syndrome mostly occurs in children and adolescents.
Either way, trichotillomania is most often a chronic, lifetime condition, but lots of people do recover, and recovery is a team sport.
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Did You Know?
The word trichotillomania derives from the Greek trich- ("hair") and tillein ("to pull or pluck"), along with the suffix -mania (from mainesthai, meaning "to be mad"). People suffering from trichotillomania will routinely pluck hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or other parts of the body, usually impulsively but sometimes with careful deliberation (such as by using tweezers). Some researchers believe that it may be a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The word for this condition first appeared in English around the dawn of the 20th century (it's generally thought to have been first coined in French by a French dermatologist).
Origin and Etymology of trichotillomania
First Known Use: circa 1903See Words from the same year
medical Definition of trichotillomania
trichotillomanicplay \-ˈman-ik\ adjective
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