Trichotillomania

Common Name(s)

Trichotillomania, Hair-pulling syndrome

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by chronic, repetitive, or compulsive hair pulling resulting in noticeable hair loss. The activity causes distress to the individual and often interferes with functioning. Affected individuals may develop physical complications and often have overlapping psychologic disorders, such as Tourette syndrome (GTS; {137580}) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD; {164230}) (review by {4:Novak et al., 2009}).
 

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International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Trichotillomania Learning Center

The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

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Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Trichotillomania Learning Center

The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.

http://www.trich.org

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Trichotillomania" returned 35 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Trichotillomania and personality traits from the five-factor model.
 

Author(s): Nancy J Keuthen, Esther S Tung, Erin M Altenburger, Mark A Blais, David L Pauls, Christopher A Flessner

Journal: Rev Bras Psiquiatr. ;37(4):317-24.

 

To examine whether personality traits have predictive validity for trichotillomania (TTM) diagnosis, pulling severity and control, and hair pulling style.

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2015

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Examining DSM criteria for trichotillomania in a dimensional framework: implications for DSM-5 and diagnostic practice.
 

Author(s): David C Houghton, Steve Balsis, Dan J Stein, Scott N Compton, Michael P Twohig, Stephen M Saunders, Martin E Franklin, Angela M Neal-Barnett, Douglas W Woods

Journal: Compr Psychiatry. 2015 Jul;60():9-16.

 

Diagnosis of trichotillomania (TTM) requires meeting several criteria that aim to embody the core pathology of the disorder. These criteria are traditionally interpreted monothetically, in that they are all equally necessary for diagnosis. Alternatively, a dimensional conceptualization ...

Last Updated: 8 Jun 2015

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Trichotillomania and non-epileptic seizures as sleep-related dissociative phenomena.
 

Author(s): Melina Angulo-Franco, Alejandra Bush-Martínez, Alejandro Nenclares-Portocarrero, Alejandro Jiménez-Genchi

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The occurrence of non-epileptic seizures (NES) and trichotillomania during sleep is rare. We describe the case of an adult woman with a personal history of childhood maltreatment and psychiatric morbidity (major depression, trichotillomania, and conversion disorder), who was referred ...

Last Updated: 7 Apr 2015

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The terms "Trichotillomania" returned 9 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Diagnosis, evaluation, and management of trichotillomania.
 

Author(s): Douglas W Woods, David C Houghton

Journal: Psychiatr. Clin. North Am.. 2014 Sep;37(3):301-17.

 

Trichotillomania, or chronic hairpulling, is a common condition that affects primarily women. The disorder can cause significant psychosocial impairment and is associated with elevated rates of psychiatric comorbidity. In this article, the phenomenology, etiology, assessment, and ...

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2014

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The genetic factors influencing the development of trichotillomania.
 

Author(s): Koushik Chattopadhyay, Koushik Chatterjee

Journal: J. Genet.. 2012 Aug;91(2):259-62.

 

Trichotillomania (TTM), an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder (OCSD), is a psychiatric condition characterized by repetitive hair pulling. Evidence from family and twin studies suggest a heritable link of TTM. Functional polymorphisms in genes involved in neuronal pathways might ...

Last Updated: 3 Sep 2012

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Pediatric trichotillomania.
 

Author(s): J P Harrison, M E Franklin

Journal: Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2012 Jun;14(3):188-96.

 

Trichotillomania (TTM) is an impulse control disorder characterized by chronic hair-pulling, distress, and impairment. Although the negative effects of TTM are documented and often readily evident, there remains a paucity of psychopathology and treatment research on this disorder, ...

Last Updated: 7 May 2012

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Inositol in Trichotillomania
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Trichotillomania; Hair Pulling

 

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2015

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Cognitive Training in Patients With Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling Disorder)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Trichotillomania

 

Last Updated: 8 Jun 2016

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Milk Thistle in Trichotillomania in Children and Adults
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Trichotillomania; Hair Pulling Disorder

 

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2016

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