What is trichotillomania?
It’s no secret that our contemporary world is stressful. There’s no doubt about it. Unfortunately, stress can lead to a development of serious disorders and diseases. Trichotillomania is one of them. But what is it exactly and why does stress play such a huge part in its development? Trichotillomania is basically a control disorder during which people pull out their own hair to relieve themselves from stress, anxiety depression etc. It’s actually really difficult to explain the reasons behind trichotillomania. They are complex and there’s a lot of factors influencing it. Generally, it’s stress and stressful situations that provoke people to pull out their own hair with means of finding peace and relief.
Normally, during stressful situations people try to find safe ways to deal with stressful factors effectively. If they can’t do it on their own, then they can use plenty of stress management techniques that have been proven to work. For people with trichotillomania it’s the act of pulling their own hair that helps them to manage stress, and nothing beyond that matters. Pulling out one’s hair is a very negative habit – it’s harmful, painful and damaging. And the worst thing is that it isn’t like smoking or drinking, because the damage done is short term and long term.
So, is there any effective method of treating trichotillomania? Frankly, similarly to other psychologically induced diseases, there’s actually no easy way to recover from trichotillomania, but it is possible.
To start an effective trichotillomania treatment, people need to be properly diagnosed first. Unfortunately, it’s more difficult than it seems. People suffering from trichotillomania are very often completely aware of their condition, and can be even ashamed because of it. Therefore, it’s natural that they will try to deny their problem and hide its damaging effects, instead of curing themselves from this terrible habit. In contemporary world it’s pretty easy to hide thinning hair or substantial hair loss. Sometimes its simply enough to style your hair differently or cover obvious hair loss with head scarves or head bands. In case of extreme hair loss and visible baldness people can always turn to wearing wigs or getting hair extensions. But the continuous problem is that these solutions are only temporary and have the same effect as a plaster on a deeper wound. If the wound beneath isn’t properly taken care of i.e. stitched up, then it can begin to fester – and the plaster will only disguise the infection, but the pain will be constant.
Trichotillomania treatment always starts with a proper diagnosis and confirmation of the disease. People affected with this condition need to first and foremost admit to their problem. Only then specialists can apply a proper treatment method. Trichotillomania treatment basically relies on various types of cognitive behaviour therapies where the aim it to replace the harmful habit of pulling out hair with something else, that isn’t hurting our bodies. These types of behavioural trichotillomania treatments are effective but take time, and sometimes need to be repeated. So the patient, as well as the doctor needs patient and dedication in order to bring success and ultimate satisfaction. For further insight and information, it would be best if the patient contacted a specialised doctor, e.g. dermatologist – who can answer all questions, queries and even provide a good therapeutically driven advice.