TRICOTILOMANIA

TRICOTILOMANIA--- Most people play with their hair. You may twirl your hair between your fingers when you watch TV, read, concentrate and also when you are stressed or worried. Usually the habit is harmless, but it can sometimes turn into a serious condition called Trichotillomania - a self-inflicted hair loss where hair ‘twiddling’ reaches the ‘pulling’ stage. Pulling out your hair can cause thin or bald patches, which can cover quite a large area depending on the severity of the disorder. If hair grows back, but continues to be pulled out over many years, you can damage your follicles and get permanent hair loss. Trichotillomania can also be present on eyelashes and eyebrows, but this is less common. Trichotillomania can be an extremely emotionally distressing and upsetting condition and it is best to consult a doctor and/or Trichologist for help.  CAUSES OF TRICHOTILLOMANIA---- The causes of Trichotillomania are often complex. It is more common in women than men and mainly occurs around Puberty and often in Menopause. In some cases, it’s unintentional and you may not realize you are doing it. However, often there are underlying causes – from anxiety and as a means to cope with stress, to depression, a cry for help and a traumatic experience. This can be especially true with regards to children and young persons.  The act of pulling out a hair can also initially feel quite satisfying, so you keep doing it, not realizing the damage you’re causing, and once you do it’s hard to stop. DIAGNOSIS----- Trichotillomania is frequently misdiagnosed as Alopecia Areata - another hair loss that occurs in patches. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, both conditions look similar to the untrained eye, and secondly, people are often ashamed and fearful to tell their doctor that they’re pulling out their own hair. This is also an issue in diagnosing children and young teenagers with Trichotillomania, who might be pulling their hair out in secret without their parents' knowledge. There is, nevertheless, a predominant diagnostic feature of Trichotillomania – uneven hair breakage. When you pull your hair out, you can’t pull it all at the same angle so it snaps off, and at different lengths. However, in Alopecia Areata, the little hairs will be roughly the same length. Also, the pattern of hair loss from Trichotillomania is usually worse on the right side of the scalp if you are right-handed and vice versa. Does pulling hair cause hair loss and permanent Baldness?”-- It depends on severity of the problem and the point at which you seek treatment.The repeated pulling out of hair has been shown to damage the hair follicles. Because Trichotillomania causes repetitive hair pulling, it can often lead to damaged follicles. If enough hair is pulled out, these damaged hair follicles can affect hair re-growth. Much of the time the hair grows more slowly, more sparsely, or in a different way.  Hair follicles damaged from Trichotillomania often grow back as gray or white hair, even when it wasn’t before.  How long will it take before the hair grows back? Hair grows out of a bulb-like root, connected to and fed by hair follicles. Follicles are located approximately 1/8 inch below the surface of the skin. The average rate of hair growth is 1/2 an inch per month. Your hair growth may be a little faster, or slower, than average. It all depends on genetics. However, most people's hair grows close enough to the 1/2 inch per month as to be indistinguishable in difference. As for the patch of your hair that was pulled out: If the follicles were damaged they could still heal, but that will take extra time. Is there any medication that can be used to repair Follicles? This depends largely on the extent of the damage to the follicles. Some cases of follicle damage result in the follicles recovering on their own and once again producing hair once they are fully healed, while at other times the damage is so extensive that the follicles are scarred and won’t ever recover. TREATMENT FOR TRICHOTILLOMANIA------ The first and most important part of recovery from Trichotillomania is getting help either for you, a friend or family member. Occasionally, psychological therapy is needed. Please remember there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about - we have seen many individuals with Trichotillomania ranging from young children to highly successful women and men. Just like recovery from any other condition or disorder, external support is essential. Other treatments include: Wearing thick gloves, especially at night, when the temptation to pull your hair out is at its peak. Cutting your hair short so that it’s impossible to get hold of it. Covering your hair with a slippery cream or oil. Wearing a scarf over your head. Playing with worry beads to take your mind off the impulses. All treatments for Trichotillomania take time and patience, but the good news is that your hair can grow back. If it’s been going on for a long time, less will do so, or your hair may grow back a different texture of new hairs – but you will see an improvement. Allopathic mode treatment for Trichotillomania includes psychiatric treatment, administering anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. However, there could be a recurrence of the ailment after the medicines are stopped. Also, allopathic medicines could cause drug dependency and provide only short-term results. Trichotillomania   is as much a mental disorder as it is physical. At Dr Rajguru Hair Care & Research Center we help to treat the patient thorough understanding of Trichotillomania and the various emotional disturbances that go with it. WE maintain a record of a detailed case history of the patient, including an emotional assessment. Individual Homeopathic & Herbal & Bach flower medicines are then prescribed based on the emotional triggers and the patient’s individual response to that trigger.

We help people manage and overcome their compulsion to pull, with the most 
effective methods to-date, based on homeopathy. We can help you, too. Improved mood was observed after homeopathic medicines were administered; moreover, anxiety-sensitive subjects experienced less mental tension. The results were long-lasting, as there is no drug dependency after taking homeopathy. Treatment at Dr Rajguru Hair Care & Research Center involves the following steps:

1.      Conduct hair analysis through video microscopy to:--   diagnose correctly,  differentiate from other types of hair loss,  Examine scalp damage.

2.      Take a multi-factorial approach for psycho-somatic illnesses.

3.      Understand stress factors, namely: ---work, family, fears anxieties, Suppressed anger.

4.      Design individualized treatment plan.

5.      Prescribe natural medicines to reduce the urge to pull; regulate mood swings; Treat associated complaints.

6.      Help to cope with stress.

7.      Help to improve self-esteem.

8.      Help to attain emotional stability.

9.      Reduce chances of recurrence.