Trichotillomania (TTM)

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a secret hair pulling disorder that affects more people than anorexia and bulimia combined, with as many as 4% of Americans suffering from the condition.

Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling) is a form of Impulse Control Disorder, and closely linked to OCD. TTM causes sufferers an overwhelming urge to pull out their own hair. Trichotillomania is a condition often triggered by anxiety and is used as a coping mechanism by sufferers to deal with stressful situations.  

 

In the most extreme cases, it can cause someone to pull out a whole head of hair within a matter of hours, with other forms including eyelash pulling, skin picking and nail biting. While Trichotillomania can affect people at any stage of their lives, it is particularly prevalent during puberty and early adulthood, with women four times more likely to be affected than men.

Hair replacement systems can be used to combat Trichotillomania both physically and mentally. Concealing thinning areas of the scalp with a hair replacement system often suppresses the desire to pull out more hair. By integrating a hair replacement system into the existing hair, Trichotillomania suffers can disguise the problem which can help distract the obsessive compulsive disorder. 

If you can't stop pulling out your hair or you feel embarrassed or ashamed by your appearance as a result of your hair pulling, talk to your doctor. Trichotillomania is not just a bad habit, it's a mental health disorder, and it's unlikely to get better without treatment.​

In many cases, after extended use of hair replacement systems as a Trichotillomania deterrent, the natural hair starts to grow back which can lead to a boost of self esteem that diminishes the desire to continue pulling the hair out.  

 

If you or someone you know is suffering with Trichotillomania, the experts at Suisse Natural Hair Salon can help. The hair replacement experts at Suisse have over thirty years of experience dealing with hair loss caused by Trichotillomania.

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