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January 21, 2007

Trichotillomania Can Be Debilitating

A survey of patients with trichotillomania has revealed that trichotillomania, or hair pulling disorder, can be debilitating for sufferers. It also reveals that treatment is usually ineffective.

"It has a much larger impact on people than I think even most mental health practitioners understand," Dr Douglas W Woods of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. "A lot of people will look at this and say it's just a nervous habit, but it's not, really."

Hair-pulling disorder can be crippling

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