Do you suffer from trichotillomania (like Taylor Mega)? Here’s what to do

 Do you suffer from trichotillomania (like Taylor Mega)? Here's what to do

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It is a more common disorder than you can imagine, it has a precise meaning in psychology, it can be difficult to manage, but with the right therapies and treatments it can be kept under control: tricotillomania it can put a strain on those who suffer from it but, just as several stars who suffer from it testify, it is possible to immediately identify causes and symptoms and live with them peacefully.

What is Trichotillomania

Obsessive compulsive disease, trichotillomania is the so-called “hair pulling disorder”, A psychiatric disease which, especially in particularly stressful periods, pushes sufferers to pull their hair and feel a feeling of well-being after doing so.

Often due to severe psychological trauma, and problems such as anorexia, sexual abuse or bereavement, trichotillomania it can affect social life of those who suffer from it. In addition to the problems related to alopecia and, in the most serious cases, to complete hair loss, trichotillomania pushes people who suffer from it to feel ashamed and isolate themselves.

And the only way to get out of it is to resort to the right pharmacological treatments or, better still, psychological therapy.

Trichotillomania: what are the symptoms

Easily identifiable i symptoms of trichotillomania which manifests itself very clearly, with the need to compulsively pull out hair and hair from eyelashes, face and eyebrows.

It is not very common, but in some cases the disease can also affect other areas of the body, such as hair on the legs, arms or pubic hair.

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How to cure

How to cure this ailment? A drug treatment is usually associated with a drug treatment for the treatment of trichotillomania psychotherapy course.


To be followed under precise instructions from the doctor, the pharmacological therapy It tends to keep depression and anxiety at bay, problems that often accompany trichotillomania.

The drugs that are often prescribed to treat this disorder are selective inhibitors re-uptake of serotonin (SSRI), il naltrexone and the clomipramine but only the doctor can decide which ones to use.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Fundamental, in some cases more than drugs, is the cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to identify and treat the causes that trigger trichotillomania.

L’target? Being fully aware of your disorder, keeping your impulses under control and controlling your reactions, in order to permanently stop pulling your hair in a compulsive and uncontrolled way.

Trichotillomania: the outings of Arisa and Taylor Mega

Unlike what is thought, trichotillomania is a very common problem that also afflicts many celebs. In Italy recently have revealed that they suffer from this pathology also Arisa e Taylor Mega who wanted to tell their experience to give courage to the many people who suffer from it.

Arisa he confessed that his hair was shaved because of his trichotillomania problems. The singer has in fact revealed that due to depression and stress she often tends to pull her hair out without even realizing it and it is precisely to minimize the risk of alopecia and dermatitis that she prefers to wear them so short.

Among the well-known faces of TV who suffer from trichotillomania also Taylor Mega, model and influence, who has decided to talk about it publicly, while admitting that he does not suffer in a particularly serious way.


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