Trichotillomania (TTM) or Hair Pulling Disorder

Chuck Alfieri offers many treatments and aesthetic solutions for this type of hair loss.

A complex neurological behavior disorder, currently affecting approximately 2-5% of the population. It is characterized by repetitive pulling of one’s hair (from anywhere on the body) including eye brows and eye lashes. The resulting bald patches, depending on their location and severity, produce significant distress or impairment to the patient’s life.

Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment. For some people, at some times, trichotillomania is mild and can be quelled with a bit of extra awareness and concentration. For others, at times the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.

Some data suggests that some people may have an inherited predisposition to this behavior and while it is currently defined as an impulse control disorder there are still questions about how it should be classified.

Treatment
People suffering from TTM often respond well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Habit Reversal Training, performed by a psychotherapist who specializes in this method and is experienced in the treatment of TTM. The treatment modalities include developing skills such as self-awareness techniques, relaxation and stress management.

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