I could still remember when we were in high school, I have a classmate who used to pull down her hair which lead to have something a very obvious hair loss-like. Even in college, I still have a close friend who also used to pull down her hair. They definitely has TRICHOTILLOMANIA. whew!
Just recently, I found an article explaining this kind of disorder. As quoted from Fred Penzel, Ph. D.
“Trichotillomania (TTM) is a disorder in which individuals compulsively pull out their own hair to the point of noticeable hair loss. Hair may be pulled from any area of the body the head, eyebrows, eyelashes, the beard or mustache, the torso, arms or legs, or the pubic area. Specific areas of hair may be pulled to the point of baldness, or pulling may take place over a wide area resulting in a general thinning of the hair. Although hair pulling may start in childhood or adolescence, it is not unusual for it to begin in adulthood. Many sufferers have come to believe that they are the only ones who pull out their own hair, however, it is estimated that about 1% of the population suffers from this problem.”
According to some studies, I just forgot those, this disorder tend to result from baldness. And indeed yes. Actually, a part of the head of those friends of mine are now a bit cleared. Just having a few hairs now.
Up to date, the only cure of the disorder is therapy. I’ll be posting soon those medications.