These are the general signs of trichotillomania. Nobody has all these symptoms but these are among the many reported by people we studied.
Hair pulling varying from non-perceptible to complete baldness of the affected area.
Physical symptoms of Trichotillomania:
Hairs of varying lengths and textures.
Sores on the scalp – also related to dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking or CSP).
Unwillingness to be seen without make-up or having spent a lot of time styling hair to cover signs.
Reluctance or refusal to visit hairdressers or opticians.
Avoiding activities like swimming and running.
Ingrown hairs – particularly in relation to leg hair pulling.
Ingestion of the hair can result in the formation of hairballs and lead to gastrointestinal or other medical problems.
Emotional symptoms of Trichotillomania:
Social & Generalised Anxiety
Problems with working memory and sleep
Social anxiety, shyness, anxiety about getting close or losing people
Difficulty expressing emotions like anger
Obsessions about the passage of time
Obsession with appearance and self worth
Related Conditions: (comorbitity)