Diseases

Trichotillomania: the causes

It is difficult to define a cause for trichotillomania.

As with OCD and addictions, there is probably a genetic-biological susceptibility to this type of behavior. And it is assumed that environmental factors during childhood and adolescence play an important role. A child feeling unloved with a strong sense of helplessness, can generate an uneasiness that will trigger this disorder.

Moreover, studies show that trichotillomania occurs most often during childhood or during adolescence. When it appears in adulthood, it is often possible to identify a triggering cause, such as pregnancy, change, or significant stress.

There is most often an underlying malaise. The underlying factor associated with a trichotillomania crisis, is most often a negative emotion, such as loneliness, boredom, or anger, or even ruminations in the form of redundant thoughts. But the sufferer is not always aware of it. An alexithymia, that is to say the difficulty of recognizing one's feelings, can thus sometimes be implicated in trichotillomania.

Depression is associated with trichotillomania in about half of the cases.

Trichotillomania may be one of the signs of another psychiatric disorder (eg, ADHD), or even a full-blown illness. If this disorder is most often alone, it is sometimes accompanied by other disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression (for half of the cases), a personality disorder, a deficit of attention, a disorder food, etc.

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