I chose something a bit different for my blog post. I was watching my strange addiction the other day and came across this obsessive disorder. Trichtotillomania is a disorder in which a sufferer pulls their hair. This can range from anywhere from your head, facial air, pubic hair, or armpit hair. This can result in very noticeable bald patches. The severity of the hair pulling varies. For some just an awareness of the disorder can help in stopping the urge to pull. For other it isn't so simple
Doctors are not yet sure what causes Trichtotillomania. Many think that the disorder is relation to OCD. Experts think that that compulsive behavior may be a result of an imbalance in the brain's chemistry. Something is interfering with the neurotransmitters in the brain and as a result problems like compulsive and repetitive behaviors arise. According to trich.org
"While the underlying biology is not clearly understood at this time, we do know that people with trichotillomania generally have a neurologically based predisposition to pull their hair as a self-soothing mechanism. The pulling behavior serves as a coping mechanism for anxiety and other difficult emotions. It does not hurt and they are not trying to damage themselves. While the average age of onset is 11, trich can be found in children as young as one year old. Onset of trich can be trigged by simple sensory events, such as itchy eyelashes, or by stressful life events, and it can occur quite suddenly."
Trich can lead to both emotional and physical consequences. For many their hair pulling creates a sense of shame. This can lead to potential social issues and well as severe depression. Some people are so concerned with covering up their hair loss and and hair pulling that it can cause serious family issues
Treatment for Trichtotillomania is a bit complicated because some treatments work differntly with different people. Trich is a brain condition, so it isn't as simple as just "kicking a habit". For many it is a chronic illness that takes years to overcome. For many they do not even realize that they are pulling their hair. However, there are some treatments that have been found effective in helping. Many times treatment includes therapy, drugs, or a combination of both. There are also a number of support groups that people can join.
If you would like to read more about Trich you can visit my sources! Also I included a clip of the "My Strange Addiction Episode" I watched