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Having trichotillomania. Started to eat the hair follicle. Solution?

Hello Dr. Christensen. I have Trichotillomania , and have had it for over 10 years. I have recently started to eat the follicle of my hair. I know eating the actual hair can cause a bezoar, but can eating the follicles do the same? And do you recommend anything that may possibly help me? I am already on anti-depressants.
Asked On : Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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HI, thanks for posting your query

Trichotillomania is irresistible urge to pull hair , The scalp is the most common pulling site, followed by the eyebrows, eyelashes, face, arms, and legs.Some less common areas include the pubic area, underarms, beard, and chest

Treatment is based on a person's age. Most pre-school age children outgrow it if the condition is managed conservatively. In young adult, behavior modification programs, may be considered; referrals to psychologists or psychiatrists are considered .In adulthood, it is often associated with other psychiatric disorders, and referral to a psychiatrist for evaluation or treatment is considered best. The hair pulling may resolve when other conditions are treated

you have not mentioned your age, I recommend you to refer a psychiatrist

Hope this answers your query
Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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