As we’ve mentioned above, hair pulling can occur in different body areas, including the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, beard or mustache, and even genital area.
This condition leaves behind bald patches that tend to have an unusual shape and may affect one side more than the other. Other consequences are feelings of shame and low self-esteem.
What Causes Trichotillomania?
- A chemical imbalance in the brain, similar to OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).
- Hormonal level changes during puberty.
- A type of self-harm to seek relief from emotional distress.
- For some patients, hair pulling is a form of addiction; the more they pull hair out, the more they want to keep doing it.