The Dangers of Compulsive Hair-pulling

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Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder which manifests in an irresistible, continuous urge to pull out one’s own hair.  The term was first coined by French dermatologist, Francois Henri Hallopeau in 1889 after witnessing a young man engage in the habit.  The etiologies that may give rise to trichotillomania are numerous, but negative emotions such as stress, loneliness and boredom are common among those who suffer from it.  Because it falls into the category of ...

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