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Trichotillomania

I have a habit of pulling out strands of my hair. I pull out a lot! My mom yells at me, but I can’t stop. Help!

It has a name—trichotillomania. And whether you yank hair from the scalp, brows or pubic area, it’s twice as common in girls as guys.

You can’t control this by yourself. Some docs think it may be linked to obsessive compulsive disorders. Talk to your mom about seeing a therapist, who can teach you how to curb the urge. And visit trich.org for more info.

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2/20/2010 7:00:00 AM
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