Trichotillomania: A Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorder

August 8, 2017

Welcome to our Best of 2017: Wigs For Kids series! Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be looking back at some of your favorite posts and sharing some of the transformations we’re watched this year!

At Wigs For Kids, we help children with many different reasons for their hair loss. This posts is part of our Hair Loss Solutions TV program, which will coming back with new episodes in 2018!

Hair Pulling Beyond Just a Nervous Habit

Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “I’m tearing my hair out” when frustrated, worried, or angry? You’ve probably snickered at the comment and gone about your day without giving it a second thought. But the truth is, 1 in 25 people struggle with compulsive hair pulling to a clinical level.

This is called Trichotillomania, or a neurobiological and behavior disorder that makes it very difficult to resist the urge to pull the hair. Dr. Renae Reinardy, a clinical psychologist of body-focused repetitive behaviors who has been treating this disorder for 17 years, says that as common as the disorder is, it’s never talked about because those with the disorder suffer in silence.

The significant hair loss caused by the condition leads to feelings of shame and lack of confidence, convincing many kids, women, and men to keep the disorder a secret. Luckily, more and more people are realizing they aren’t alone and are opening up about Trichotillomania.

In this episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV, you’ll hear more from Dr. Reinardy about:

  • What Trichotillomania is
  • The degrees of the disorder, as well as signs and symptoms
  • Precision Medicine and why people pull their hair
  • Treatments and ways to break the pattern of behavior

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

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About Wigs For Kids

Wigs For Kids is a nonprofit organization that helps children suffering from hair loss stemming
from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns, and other medical
causes. Stylists and regular people just like you work together to give recipients the self-esteem
and self-image they deserve.


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