Trichotillomania Essay

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Trichotillomania What is Trichotillomania (TTM) and what are the emotional and physical aspects of TTM? I started pulling my hair when I was a teenager, and I noticed when I would, the nervousness or anxiousness that would sit in the core of my stomach would disappear. I felt a sense of relief, and I became infatuated with the way one single piece of hair would feel between my fingers. I would search for certain types of textures such as course, wiry strands of hair. As years passed, I continued to pull my hair and over the years, my hair has become increasingly thinner. I was never the type of person who had bald patches and I never pulled from any other area than my head. If I am pulling too much from one area of my scalp and do not want to form a bald spot, I will go to a different area of my scalp. I didn’t even know that pulling my hair was a clinical disorder until about ten years ago. This disorder is called Trichotillomania (TTM) and I will be investigating the emotional and physical effects of this disorder (qtd. in Hollander and Stein 150). When I first heard of the term Trichotillomania, I thought it was a very interesting name for such a simple act for hair pulling and wondered how it was originated and defined. According to Hautmann, Hercogova, and Lotti, the word Trichotillomania derives from the ancient Greeks (807). “In 1889, Hallopeau, a French dermatologist, reported a case of self-inflicted depilation of the scalp and coined the term trichotillomania (from the Greek thrix, hair; tillein, pulling out; mania, madness)” (Hautmann, Hercogova, and Lotti 807). TTM is more prevalent amongst the younger population but also affect adults as well (Hautmann, Hercogova, and Lotti 807). “Conservative estimates suggest that at least 1.2% of the general population (equivalent to approximately 3.7 million people in the United States) engage in clinically

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