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    Trichotillomania

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    It is possible that the main title of the report Trichotillomania is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • hair-pulling syndrome
    • TTM
    • pathological hair-pulling

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Trichotillomania is characterized by an overwhelming urge to repeatedly pull out one's own hair, resulting in repetitive hair pulling and noticeable patches of baldness. The hair on the scalp is most often affected. The eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard can also be affected. In some cases, affected individuals chew and/or swallow (ingest) the hair they have pulled out (trichophagy), which can result in gastrointestinal problems. Trichotillomania causes significant emotional distress and often impairs social functioning. The exact cause of the condition is not known. Trichotillomania was previously classified as an impulse control disorder but is now considered an obsessive-compulsive related disorder in the latest version of the psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Version 5, American Psychiatric Association).

    Resources

    International OCD Foundation
    PO Box 961029
    Boston, MA 02196
    Tel: (617)973-5801
    Fax: (617)973-5803
    Email: info@ocfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.ocfoundation.org

    National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
    Attn: Marion Mealing
    9605 Medical Center Drive
    Rockville, MD 20850
    USA
    Tel: (240)403-1901
    Fax: (240)403-1909
    Email: ffcmh@ffcmh.org
    Internet: http://www.ffcmh.org

    National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
    1211 Chestnut Street
    Suite 1207
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-6312
    USA
    Tel: (215)751-1810
    Fax: (215)636-6312
    Tel: (800)553-4539
    Email: info@mhselfhelp.org
    Internet: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

    Mental Health America
    2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
    USA
    Tel: (703)684-7722
    Fax: (703)684-5968
    Tel: (800)969-6642
    TDD: (800)433-5959
    Email: infoctr@mentalhealthamerica.net
    Internet: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

    National Alliance on Mental Illness
    3803 N. Fairfax Drive
    Suite 100
    Arlington, VA 22203-
    Tel: (703)524-7600
    Fax: (703)524-9094
    Tel: (800)999-6264
    TDD: (703)516-7227
    Email: membership@nami.org
    Internet: http://www.nami.org

    NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
    Health Science Writing, Press and Dissemination Branch
    6001 Executive Boulevard
    Room 8184, MSC 9663
    Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
    Tel: (301)443-4513
    Fax: (301)443-4279
    Tel: (866)615-6464
    TDD: (301)443-8431
    Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

    Trichotillomania Learning Center
    207 McPherson Street,
    Suite H
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5863
    USA
    Tel: (831)457-1004
    Fax: (831)426-4383
    Email: info@trich.org
    Internet: http://www.trich.org/index.html

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Locks of Love
    234 Southern Blvd.
    West Palm Beach, FL 33405-3099
    Tel: (561)833-7332
    Fax: (561)833-7962
    Tel: (888)896-1588
    TDD: (561)833-7332
    Email: info@locksoflove.org
    Internet: http://www.locksoflove.org

    North American Hair Research Society
    Dept. of Dermatology Medical Center Blvd.
    Walke University School of Medicine
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157
    Tel: (336)776-2768
    Fax: (336)776-7732
    Email: amcmicha@wfubmc.edu
    Internet: http://www.nahrs.org/home/

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 2/20/2014
    Copyright 1990, 1995, 2001, 2011, 2014 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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