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BACKGROUND: RELATED DISORDERS
Body Dysmorphic Disorder - TrichotillomaniaWhen the symptoms of dis-ease manifest themselves with ‘picking’ of the hair it is known as Trichotillomania. ‘Trich’, as it also known, is the recurrent pulling of hair out of one’s body resulting in noticeable hair loss. Like habitual picking, the disease of trich is more present in adult females than adult males. And the pulling of hair is usually done in private or at most when family members are around, rarely in public.
It is quite a paradox that a disease like trich is even mentioned, because we in western culture are taught all sorts of conflicting things about our hair. It is good on some parts of our bodies and not on other parts where it naturally appears. Both men and women go through great lengths to have hair removed through shaving, waxing, electrolysis, etc. and it is considered socially acceptable. Trich however crosses over the line of what is considered the social ‘norm’. Individuals who have trich suffer from the same set of psychological responses that habitual skin pickers suffer. Often there is an increased stress or tension immediately following a pulling hair session that is relieved by the act of pulling hair. Or the hair pulling may take place during periods of restful distraction (tv, driving), But in each case the action of pulling is irresistible and there is a sense often a feeling of satisfaction, pleasure, or relief when the hair is released, even though you know it’s not the right thing to do.
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