trichotillomania

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trichotillomania

[‚trik·ō‚til·ə ′mānē·ə]
(medicine)
An obsessive-compulsive disorder characterized by artificial alopecia secondary to manipulation of the hair.
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Patients reported significantly greater reductions in hair-pulling symptoms after taking the supplement by the end of the 12-week study, and none of the partakers complained of adverse effects.
One eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said: "It started over nothing, just a couple of girls having an argument with some hair-pulling.
The popular talk show, which invites a broad mixture of guests who often are bitter enemies, has become notorious for its episodes that degenerate into hair-pulling and chair throwing.
The last time the teams met, as you may remember, it all got a bit nasty and after 82 minutes of goalless huff, puff and the occasional shot that endangered the corner flag, Sven-Goran Eriksson's side made the breakthrough with a tactical masterstroke - hair-pulling.
This is relieved when pulling out the hair and the hair-pulling itself is associated with pleasure and gratification.
Other forms include biting, skin- picking, hair-pulling, hitting the body with objects or hitting objects with the body.
If a hair-pulling client did not experience tension as an EO, the client would not be motivated to engage in hair pulling that produces tension reduction.
For certain habit patterns, including this patient's hair-pulling behavior, I use what I call the LPA approach, which I developed over the years using education, emotions, relaxation, and behavior-modification techniques.
The NIMH Trichotillomania Severity Scale (NIMH-TSS) is formatted as a clinical interview that assesses hair-pulling behaviors.
The use of a numbing topical medication may be an effective treatment tool, with TTM patients who suffer primarily from the "itching" type of sensations, by helping to break the hair-pulling association chain.
Individuals with this impulse-control disorder typically deny hair-pulling, said Dr.
Both children and adults with this impulse control disorder typically deny hair-pulling, and parents may be unwilling to accept a possible diagnosis of trichotillomania, said Dr.