A Body Focused Repetitive Behaviour (BFRB)
Trichotillomania is now a BFRB and has been classified in a number of ways over the years. You may have heard it referred to as an Impulse Control Disorder or as an OCD. Similar behaviours include skin picking (Dermatillomania), biting lips or cheeks, and nail biting.
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People with trichotillomania most commonly pull hair from their eyelashes, eyebrows and/or the scalp, but they can also pull from beards, the pubic region, pets and other people. These conditions are secretive in nature and often attempts will be made to hide signs of hair loss. It can be hard to comprehend what trichotillomania is; the social withdrawal it often brings or how best to help. Help is available here for people with trichotillomania and related behaviours; check out our treatment and support pages, as well as our coaching page if you would like 1:1 help from an expert.