Trichotillomania

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Trichotillomania is characterized by an overwhelming urge to repeatedly pull out one's own hair, resulting in repetitive hair pulling and noticeable patches of baldness. The hair on the scalp is most often affected. The eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard can also be affected. In some cases, affected individuals chew and/or swallow (ingest) the hair they have pulled out (trichophagy), which can result in gastrointestinal problems. Trichotillomania causes significant emotional distress and often impairs social functioning. The exact cause of the condition is not known. Trichotillomania was previously classified as an impulse control disorder but is now considered an obsessive-compulsive related disorder in the latest version of the psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Version 5, American Psychiatric Association).

Supporting Organizations

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

International OCD Foundation

PO Box 961029
Boston, MA 2196
Tel: (617)973-5801
Fax: (617)973-5803
Email: info@ocfoundation.org
Website: http://www.ocfoundation.org

Locks of Love

234 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405-3099
Tel: (561)833-7332
Fax: (561)833-7962
Tel: (888)896-1588
Email: info@locksoflove.org
Website: http://www.locksoflove.org

Mental Health America

2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
USA
Tel: (703)684-7722
Fax: (703)684-5968
Tel: (800)969-6642
Email: infoctr@mentalhealthamerica.net
Website: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Health Science Writing, Press and Dissemination Branch
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Tel: (301)443-4513
Fax: (301)443-4279
Tel: (866)615-6464
Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

National Alliance on Mental Illness

3803 N. Fairfax Drive
Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-
Tel: (703)524-7600
Fax: (703)524-9094
Tel: (800)999-6264
Email: membership@nami.org
Website: http://www.nami.org

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Attn: Marion Mealing
9605 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
USA
Tel: (240)403-1901
Fax: (240)403-1909
Email: ffcmh@ffcmh.org
Website: http://www.ffcmh.org

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse

1211 Chestnut Street
Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6312
USA
Tel: (215)751-1810
Fax: (215)636-6312
Tel: (800)553-4539
Email: info@mhselfhelp.org
Website: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

North American Hair Research Society

Dept. of Dermatology Medical Center Blvd.
Walke University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Tel: (336)776-2768
Fax: (336)776-7732
Email: amcmicha@wfubmc.edu
Website: http://www.nahrs.org/home/

Trichotillomania Learning Center

207 McPherson Street,
Suite H
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5863
USA
Tel: (831)457-1004
Fax: (831)426-4383
Email: info@trich.org
Website: http://www.trich.org/index.html

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Last Updated:  2/20/2014
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