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Trichotillomania , or "trich" as it is commonly known, is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows or other body hair, sometimes resulting in noticeable bald patches. Trichotillomania is classified in the DSM-IV as an impulse control disorder, but there are still questions about how it should be classified. It may seem, at times, to resemble a habit, an addiction, a tic disorder or an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Trichotillomania often begins during the individual's teenage years. Depression or stress can trigger the trich. Individuals with trichotillomania live relatively normal lives; however, they may have bald spots.


An additional psychological effect can be low self-esteem, often associated with being shunned by peers and the fear of socializing due to appearance and negative attention they may receive. Some people with TTM wear hats, wigs, wear false eyelashes, eyebrow pencil, or style their hair in an effort to avoid such attention. Due to social implications the disorder is often unreported and it is difficult to predict accurately prevalence of trichotillomania; 2.5 million in the U.S. may have TTM, with a 1% prevalence rate.




its really MUCH better here


explore #1!! thanks so much everyone


this really has a much deeper personal meaning for me, actually not related to this disease at all. but yes. its perfect for today. for me.


my air conditioning died. in texas, and its HOT out. :(


I'm going away this weekend, so I won't be posting.



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Taken on August 8, 2009