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What Is Trichotillomania?

  • Trichotillomania is a type of psychological condition, caused by some chemical imbalance in the brain, which involves strong urges to pull out one's own hair from scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or pubic area.
  • Some people may also exhibit other compulsive habits, such as nail biting or skin picking. Others have additional problems like depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Compulsive behaviors like trichotillomania involve brain chemistry and may be genetic and thus can sometimes run in families.
  • Girls are more affected by trichotillomania than boys. Most people develop it during adolescence. But trichotillomania can start in kids as young as 1 year old.


  • Pulling out their hair one strand at a time or large handfuls of hair, which can leave bald patches on the scalp or eyebrows.
  • Some have the tendency to inspect the strand after pulling it out or play with the hair after it's been pulled.
  • About half have the tendency to put the hair in their mouths after pulling it. Some people are very aware of their pulling; others seem to do it without really noticing what they're doing.


Homeopathic medicines are mind and body medicines and since trichotillomania is psychosomatic ailment ( ie. affecting both mind and body), thus, the holistic approach of homeopathy proves to be most effective system of medicine for the treatment of psychosomatic disorders