The adjective wiry can be used in two different ways: first, to mean “thin and strong,” like a seven-year-old gymnast. The second meaning is “similar to the thread.” You could describe your thick and incredibly curly hair as filiform or the crazy coat of your burrow as filiform. In the late 1500s, the word wiry meant “made of thread.” You can describe someone who is quite thin and athletic as cunning. While a linebacker on a football team is usually tall and wide, a marathon runner tends to be crafty. Trichotillomania (Trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh), also known as hair pulling disorder, is a mental disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull hair out of your scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of your body, even if you try to stop. Hair pulled from the scalp often leaves uneven bald patches that can cause significant stress and interfere with social or professional functioning. People with trichotillomania can go to great lengths to conceal hair loss. While it may not seem particularly serious, trichotillomania can have a huge negative impact on your life. Complications may include: Trichotillomania is a long-term (chronic) condition. Without treatment, the severity of symptoms can vary over time. For example, hormonal changes in menstruation can worsen symptoms in women. For some people, if left untreated, symptoms can come and go for weeks, months, or years.
Rarely, hair pulling ends a few years after the beginning. For some people, trichotillomania can be mild and generally manageable. For others, the compulsive urge to pull their hair is overwhelming. Certain treatment options have helped many people reduce their hair pulling or stop altogether. Although many more women than men are treated for trichotillomania, this may be because women are more likely to see a doctor. In early childhood, boys and girls seem to be equally affected. The same person can perform both targeted and automatic hair traction, depending on the situation and mood. Certain positions or rituals can trigger hair pulling, such as putting your head on your hand or brushing your hair. If you can`t stop pulling your hair out, or if you feel embarrassed or embarrassed about your appearance because you`re pulling your hair, talk to your doctor. Trichotillomania is not just a bad habit, it`s a mental disorder, and it`s unlikely to improve without treatment.
Many people who have trichotillomania also peck at their skin, bite their nails or nibble their lips. Sometimes pulling hair out of pets or dolls, or materials such as clothes or blankets, can be a sign. Most people with trichotillomania pull their hair in private and usually try to hide the disorder from others. The cause of trichotillomania is unclear. But like many complex disorders, trichotillomania likely results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. These factors tend to increase the risk of trichotillomania: For people with trichotillomania, hair pulling out can be: The signs and symptoms of trichotillomania are often:.