We Help People With Trichotillomania Find Hair Replacement Solutions
When you experience trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder, it can be hard to find people who understand what you are dealing with. Many clients come to us seeking hair replacement solutions when trichotillomania leaves them with thinning hair or patches with little to no hair.
At Riviera Hair Replacement, we take time to understand what causes hair loss and hair thinning in our clients, including trichotillomania. It is something we take pride in, and it helps clients feel reassured that they are in capable, compassionate hands when they come to us for help.
We offer free consultations so we can get to know you, understand your lifestyle, and discuss the hair replacement options that might suit your needs. Do you want to maximize the hair you have using hair integration? Would you prefer full coverage with a custom wig? Our discreet, compassionate hair replacement professionals can design and create a hair replacement solution that will leave you looking and feeling comfortable and confident. Call us today at 516-364-0110 to get started.
What is Trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania is known as a hair-pulling disorder or compulsive hair-pulling. It is an impulse control disorder, not a mood disorder, as some people assume. The International OCD Foundation attributes the following five factors to a potential diagnosis of trichotillomania:
- Repeated pulling out of your hair that results in noticeable hair loss or thinning, and
- You feel increased emotional tension leading up to and immediately before pulling your hair or as you try to resist pulling out your hair, and
- There is relief, pleasure, or the feeling of satisfaction when pulling out the hair, and
- There is no other medical or psychological condition causing the hair-pulling disorder, and
- The condition causes significant interference or distress in your life.
Hair-pulling can occur anywhere on the body but most commonly affects the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, face, and pubic region. Seeing a health care professional is the best way to know if you are experiencing trichotillomania or another type of disorder or condition.
What Causes Trichotillomania?
It is not completely clear what causes trichotillomania and the symptoms mentioned above. Causes may be different for different people. It is thought that genetics and some specific biological factors might play a role in the development of trichotillomania.
The disorder can begin to manifest at any age, but most people who experience this condition begin feeling the urge to pull their hair during childhood or adolescence/puberty. As children, trichotillomania affects boys and girls equally. In adults, the hair-pulling disorder appears to affect more women than men.
Trichotillomania can be triggered or worsened by positive and negative stressors. When your body or mind feels anxious, excited, worried, nervous, or under stress, the compulsion to pull your hair can become stronger.
What Are Some of The Effects of Trichotillomania?
Of course, one of the obvious effects of trichotillomania is hair loss at the site of the pulling.
This can result in empty spaces, bald patches, and noticeable hair thinning. Depending on the degree of hair loss, people experiencing trichotillomania often seek out head coverings like caps, scarves, or wigs to hide the effects.
Unfortunately, many people also feel shame and embarrassment about their condition. These feelings might result from the way they look from the pulling out their hair or their inability to control the impulses that drive them to do it. For some, trichotillomania can lead to a time-consuming compulsion that makes them late for school or unable to socialize, resulting in feelings of isolation and depression.
How Can You Treat Trichotillomania?
There are ways to treat trichotillomania. Medications exist that can help some patients control their hair-pulling impulses. Behavior therapy can also help. Speaking to a health care professional is the best way to plan your path to treating trichotillomania.
For many individuals experiencing trichotillomania, seeking hair replacement solutions can be an important part of treating the condition. Selecting the right full coverage wig or hair integration system can help you look and feel “like yourself,” which might assist you as you learn to cope and recover from the effects of trichotillomania.
If You Have Trichotillomania and Want to Discuss Hair Replacement Solutions, Call Riviera
Call Riviera Hair Replacement today at 516-364-0110 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced, compassionate, and discreet specialist. Our goal? To ensure you leave Riviera looking and feeling confident and comfortable with the hair replacement that suits your lifestyle and goals. Call us today. You will be glad you did.